Students put on a production of the fairytale 'Cinderella'

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego Junior High students are performing Cinderella with two casts alternating performances. (LEFT)Carolyn Miller is one of the two Cinderellas.Haily Oldham said she enjoys what many other Lake Oswego Junior High students and their parents probably do when they watch someone they know step on stage: the transformation.

“I know a lot of people who are really shy, and, when they come out on the stage, you see someone else,” Haily said.

Haily’s a sixth-grader on the costume crew for LOJ’s rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” which opens Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday at the REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella features different music than the Disney version. (RIGHT) LOJs rendition has two casts, and Andrew Steeber, left, plays the prince and Mason Mann  is the king in the purple cast.

Director Joe Theissen said part of the appeal of this musical is the large cast it supports, allowing more students to participate in the dramatic production of the classic fairytale. The LOJ cast encompasses — with townspeople, palace staff and two sets of main characters — almost 70 students, and the crew is nearly 20-students strong. Having two sets of main characters allows more children to take on one of the big roles and gain theatrical experience.

Theissen said he has loved the musical — the non-Disney version — since he performed in it as a child. He said the music is challenging. The lyrics differ greatly from the language in the Disney version’s songs, offering more complicated, edgier REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella debuted on TV in 1957. Cara Starke, as Herald, center, announces the prince is having a ball during a Tuesday dress rehearsal.

In Act I, Cinderella is a girl yearning for adventure in “In My Own Little Corner”: “I’m a huntress on an African safari – (It’s a dangerous kind of sport and yet it’s fun)/In the night I sally forth to seek my quarry/And I find I forgot to bring my gun!”

The classic musical debuted on TV, featuring the dulcet, powerful tones of Julie Andrews in the starring role.

The plot’s the same as it has been for many years, although it has changed since the earliest recorded version in ninth century China: Cinderella escapes the claws of her stepmother and stepsisters to meet her prince, lose a slipper, only to see it returned by the man himself, whom she weds.

She revels in the love she has found in her prince with the piece “Ten Minutes Ago.” It’s performed in the middle of Act I and reprised at the close of the first half of the show. The tune carries the wistful joy of young love and the glory of a meek maid’s victory over bullies, words and notes Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II first laid down in 1957: “In the arms of my love I’m flying/Over mountain and meadow and glen/And I like it so well/That for all I can tell/I may never come down again!”

In the tale of course, she keeps soaring, living happily ever after.

How to attend

What: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lake Oswego Junior High, 2500 Country Club Road

Cost: $10 per person

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By Jillian Daley
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