If you are looking for a lighthearted play with familiar characters with a twist, Cinderella:After Ever After is for you!
They’re back! Cinderella, the stepsisters, and more return to the stage for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s world premiere, family-friendly musical Cinderella: After Ever After, by local playwright Joseph McDonough with lyrics by David Kisor and music by Fitz Patton. In this exciting new chapter of the classic tale, Cinderella and her prince are making preparations for their royal wedding, but when their eclectic family, some animal friends, and magic are thrown into the mix, pandemonium erupts throughout the palace.
With a new musical score and enchanting comedy, Cinderella: After Ever After promises to delight audiences of all ages this holiday season.
This sequel to last year’s runaway hit continues the story about what happens following “happily ever after.” What happens when Prince Freddy and Cinderella move into the palace with her diva stepmother and her fabulously self-absorbed stepsisters in tow? Change can be hard, and when Gwendolyn The Well Wisher tries to bring peace to the royal kingdom, she inadvertently sets off a series of chaotic events.
Each season, ETC produces a magical fairy tale musical written with families in mind. As a theatre that also seeks to nurture new audiences, ETC takes classic fairy tales and gives them a fresh, modern spin with contemporary cultural references to make the shows’ message accessible for the next generation of arts patrons.
“Cinderella: After Ever After was created decidedly with Ensemble Theatre audiences in mind,” says ETC’s Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers. “So often fairy tales are about happily ever after, but as we all know life isn’t that easy. This show is very much about taking life slowly and simply each day at a time. There’s an adorable recap of last season’s Cinderella at the top of the show, so no one should feel like they missed anything. It’s the same book, but a new chapter.
Our favorite characters were once again the stepsisters played by Sara Mackie and Torie Wiggins, and Gaston played by Darnell Pierre Benjamin because of their over the top personalities. This play is entertaining for boys and girls. I caught glimpses of my 10 year old son giggling throughout the play. The dance numbers are fun and the costumes quirky and colorful.
Where: Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
When: November 30-December 30, 2016 *No performances on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Times: Select Mon-Wed at 7:00 pm; Thurs-Sat at 7:00 pm; Sat & Sun at 2:00 pm; Sun at 6:00 pm
Tickets: $44 for adults; students, $25; children 12 and under, $18
Half-Price Rush Tickets: All remaining tickets for the current day’s performance(s) are available two hours prior to each show time for half-price (discount does not apply to senior or children’s tickets) when purchasing by phone or in person. $15 Student Rush Tickets: Students may purchase up to two $15 student rush tickets two hours prior to show time with valid student I.D. Available in person only. AAA and Military/Educator available. Group discounts available for 8+.
Website: Complete details available at www.ensemblecincinnati.org.
Surface lot and Gateway Garage, both at the corner of 12th and Vine Streets. Parking also available at the Washington Park Garage and Mercer Commons Garage.
Disclosure: I received tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.