Pennridge’s Most Magical Night: A Review on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Madeline Reim, Staff Writer

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The nights that the play staff, school and community have been waiting for have finally arrived and past. The phenomenal rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella produced by Pennridge’s STARS proved to be a huge hit as hundreds of spectators came to watch the musical. The musical production ran from Thursday night through Saturday night.  

Actors within the play showed great devotion to the production. They performed with all their hearts. Students such as Emma Zimmerman, Corey Shipman, Clareigh Ellis, Ivy D’Agostino, Bryce O’Connor and many others really transformed into their characters and elevated the show. The development of props and sets showed great details. At the top of Cinderella’s house, books of Disney movies and a book called “Princess 101” were included, along with the gingerbread man from the previous musical Shrek. In the cupboard with dishes in it, Chip, the cup from Beauty and the Beast, was also included. Compared to other shows within the recent years, community members have seemed to agree that this year’s play has been outstanding. Bryce O’Connor, who played Jean-Michel, described the play as, “Phenomenal… period”.  

As any person can imagine, creating a production as large as this play is a stressful feat. The producers created an amazing show, incorporating energetic dance numbers, smooth transitions, and beautiful music. The students involved in backstage crew also had a lot of stress on their backs, but they had quick and smooth

 

transitions and amazing set designs.  Jillian Hurrell, a member of backstage crew said without hesitation, “It was stressful, but it was so worth it in the end”.

Along with students involved, parents and community businesses had large contributions to the play. Hair and makeup provided by Pizazz Hair Salon and parents were well suited and fit well with the time-period of the play. Costumes produced by both parents and students were glistening with sparkles and professionally produced. There were three very impressive costume changes within the play. The first one was the changing of crazy Marie into the fairy godmother, which was smoothly done and magical to watch. The other two costume changes involved Cinderella having her rags turn into riches with beautiful dresses.

Overall, the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was a great hit within the community. Congratulations to all the staff involved in the play. Community members and play-goers are excited to see what the S.T.A.R.S. of Bucks County have up their sleeves for next year!