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Magical Performance of Cinderella at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

We were invited as a guest of the venue

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My daughter and I were so excited to be able to attend the opening of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  The evening was magical from start to finish.  

Chantile Wells at the Segerstrom

There were several pre-show activities and crafts that all guests attending the performance were invited to participate.  From a craft table where little girls could make their own magical wands to coloring pages and photo ops, it was a lovely start to our evening.  The “It’s Possible” photo opportunity gave children and adults alike the chance to write a wish on a star and place it next to a life-size decal of Ella and Marie, and there was a scene from the ball where you could hold the glass slipper.

Anika's Pink Closet

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts also partnered with Anika’s Pink Closet for a clothing drive.  Patrons were asked to bring gently used clothing items that Anika’s Pink Closet transforms into lovely gift packages that are delivered to foster homes and child abuse prevention centers throughout Orange County.

Cinderella at the Segerstrom

Soon the pre-show activities were coming to a close, and the lobby lights began flashing to advise patrons that it was time to enter the theatre.  The buzz that filled the lobby then spilled into the theatre, and you could hear the “oohs” and “ahs” of little kids who were anxiously waiting for the performance of Cinderella to begin.

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In this version of Cinderella, we still have our favorites; the prince, the evil stepmother, and her daughters but we are also introduced to new characters. Jean-Michel, an up and coming revolutionary, who is in love with Cinderella’s stepsister, Gabrielle, wants to make the townspeople aware of the corruption going on in the land. Sebastian, Prince Topher’s right-hand man who seems to have only the worst interests of the land at heart.

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Kaitlyn Davidson, Andy Huntington Jones, and Liz McCartney are brilliantly cast as Ella, Prince Topher, and Marie, the local beggar who is actually Ella’s fairy godmother.  The costume transformations for Ella and Marie are nothing less than spectacular. Blair Ross, Kimberly Faure and Lulu Picart bring Ella’s stepmother and sisters to life in a way that has the audience both hating and loving them at the same time.  David Andino as Jean-Michel and Blake Hammond as Sebastian bring these new characters to life with zest and humor.

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The mesmerizing set changes and orchestra have you on the edge of your seats, and the incredible vocal talents of the cast left us not wanting the fairytale to end.  

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This updated take on the beloved classic has something for all ages; romance, humor, forgiveness and a happy ending for all.

Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is here for a limited engagement from April 19 – May 1, 2016. Tickets for Cinderella start at $25 and may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, the box office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787.

Chantile is a wife and stay at home mom to an amazing little girl. She is active in her daughters school, enjoys volunteering and is always looking for her next marathon or triathlon to tackle
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