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NWCT opens Cinderella April 27


Get ready for a retelling of the classic tale

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: DAVID KINDER - See Prince Bobby, played by Martin Tebo, and Cinderella, played by Sophie MacKay, in Northwest Children's Theatre production of 'Cinderella' opening April 27.Northwest Children’s Theatre and School invites you to grab your tap shoes and get ready for a lavish retelling of “Cinderella,” presented in the classic musical style.

Inspired by the Broadway styles of Cole Porter and George Gershwin, this story of a girl, a gown and a glass slipper will keep your toes tapping until the stroke of midnight.

This original adaptation of “Cinderella” marks the close of NWCT’s 20th anniversary season and is its second world premiere this year. It is also NWCT’s first major tap musical since 2004’s “Crazy for You.”

This fast-paced, comedic update on the fairy tale focuses on self-empowerment, following your dreams and dancing your way to a new kind of happily ever after.

“Cinderella” features an ensemble cast of NWCT all stars, including Sophie MacKay as Cinderella, Martin Tebo as Prince Bobby, and his parents, the Queen and King, are played by Melody Bridges and Erik James. Resident artist John Ellingson leads audiences through the story as Armando, the page, and Elizabeth Gibbs delivers comedic relief as Cinderella’s ballet mistress of a fairy godmother.

Ezra Weiss wrote the script, music and lyrics. An internationally acclaimed jazz composer and pianist, Weiss was recently listed in the 2012 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll. Weiss was offered the project by director Sarah Jane Hardy with the charge to create a Cinderella who was strong and empowered.

“I said to myself, ‘What if Ethel Merman were going to play Cinderella?’ ” said Weiss. “This is the first show I’ve written since becoming a parent, and I didn’t want to propagate the myth of the helpless girl needing a handsome and a wealthy prince to come save her.”

In creating the finished play, Weiss drew inspiration from the works of the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Rogers and Hart.

The production runs April 27 through May 26 with shows at noon, 4 and 7 p.m.

Tickets range in price for adults from $18 to $22, and youth from $13 to $18. Purchase them online at nwcts.org or by calling the box office at 503-222-4480.

All performances are held in the theater located at 1819 NW Everett St. in Portland.