The Ash Girl

“The Ash Girl” simmers with courage and a spark of hope at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith.

MEREDITH — “The Ash Girl,” Timberlake Wertenbaker’s take on a classic tale of an unexpected belle of the ball, takes the stage at Winnipesaukee Playhouse, 33 Footlight Circle, at 7:30 Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

“(Wertenbaker’s) spin on the well-known story of ‘Cinderella’ is creative, contemporary and truly enthralling,” said Winnipesaukee Playhouse Education Director Timothy L’Ecuyer, who helms the December production.

It’s the story of Ashgirl, who lives huddled deep in the protection of an ashy hearth in a big, old house. With her mother dead and her father away, she is at the mercy of her stepmother and two stepsisters. When the invitation to the ball arrives from the prince, Ashgirl finds the strength to go with the help of her friends, some of whom come from unexpected places.

It’s a theme that reinforces the notion that there is no magic without courage.

Tickets range from $10 to $18 and are available by visiting or by calling the box office at 279-0333.