High school students to stage Cinderella

Students at Summerland Secondary School will stage a musical version of the story of Cinderella.

Cinderella’s stepsisters and stepmother scowl at Cinderella in the upcoming musical. Standing from left are Charlotte

Cinderella’s stepsisters and stepmother scowl at Cinderella in the upcoming musical. Standing from left are Charlotte

Students at Summerland Secondary School will stage a musical version of the story of Cinderella.

The play, which will be presented at Centre Stage Theatre in February, is an updated version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

The musical was written in 1957, but was updated in 2013.

Heather Ayris, drama teacher at the high school, said the modernized version features updated characters and dialogue, with more comedy and personality quirks.

“I think it’s important for the kids to develop characters who come from themselves,” she said.

The cast for the musical has between 75 and 80 students and includes six elementary students. The musical will have two casts performing during its run.

Ayris said the musical is a family show, which should appeal to all ages from children to grandparents.

“The music is incredible,” she said. “It’s classic musical theatre.”

Ayris said the senior drama students were involved in the choice of this year’s production. Musicals are also chosen based on what will work for a group of students.

She added that the musical has already received support from parents and community members.

It will be staged Feb. 15 to 18 and Feb. 22 to 25 at Centre Stage Theatre, with the show beginning at 7 p.m. each evening.

Tickets are available at the high school, the Beanery and from cast members.

The first night is a two-for-one special.