South School in Londonderry takes creative approach to 'Cinderella'
South School students Aiyana Littlejohn, Megan Littlejohn, Olivia Dygd and Nicole Raza are belles of the ball this month in the drama club's production of Cinderella. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
Next week, the talented young actors, dancers and stage designers will take to the stage for four performances of "Cinderella."
From the carefully choreographed dance numbers to the colorfully painted stage sets depicting the fabled pumpkin coach and the royal court, the show has truly been a labor of love, according to teacher Deanna Poulin, who serves as the drama club's staff adviser.
Rehearsals for the 75-member cast, which consists of fourth- and fifth-graders, began in October, Poulin said, with Tuesday afternoons devoted to play preparations.
Around 20 parents and staff members have assisted in the process.
Ashley Greenwood and Erin Bachelor will share the lead role, with Greenwood portraying the "rich Cinderella" and Bachelor portraying the "poor Cinderella."
"When I'm on the stage, it's like being in a whole different world," said Ashley, who plans to continue with theater when she goes to middle school next year. She hopes to one day star on Broadway.
Poulin said staff at the school got a bit creative with the casting in hopes of giving many children the opportunity to shine onstage.
Public performances of Cinderella will take place at South School April 11 and 12, with both shows starting at 7 p.m.
Two other performances will take place during school hours on April 10 and 11.
Though admission is free, any donations received will be used toward future drama club productions. The children will also be hosting a bake sale during intermission at both evening performances.
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