Captivating. Enchanting. Magical.
These are just some of the words that come to mind when I think of the performance of Rodger’s + Hammerstein’s Cinderella that my daughter and I had the complete pleasure of seeing last evening at Clowes Memorial Hall on Butler’s campus.
From start to finish, we were both enthralled by this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. The set design and scenery were impeccable. The costumes – stunning. The music created by the orchestra intertwined with the voices of the cast members – truly breathtaking. You will be delighted to hear some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.” The dancing, and even some tumbling, that took place left both my daughter and I grinning from ear to ear.
This contemporary take on the classic fairy tale was both hilarious and romantic. The endearing story of kind-hearted Ella, who is called “Cinderella” by her wicked stepmother, was brought to life before our very eyes. There were surprising new twists mixed with the moments we love – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more. The magic of the costume changes alone left audience members both young and old gasping in delight. When I asked my daughter what some of her favorite moments from the performance were, she quickly replied with great enthusiasm, “The costumes! How did they do that?!”
It was truly a remarkable evening. As a mother of four young children, having the pleasure of taking my daughter on a “date” and spending some one-on-one time with her was something I will cherish forever. She thanked me profusely on the way to the production, on the way home and even during (in a whisper of course.)
At the ripe old age of eight, my daughter is starting to move out of the costume wearing phase (sniff sniff), but there were plenty of young girls in attendance last night dressed from head to toe in their Cinderella attire. It was an adorable sight to behold. While neither of us were adorned in costume, it was a lot of fun to be all dressed up with somewhere wonderful to go. And of course, in honor of Cinderella, we both had on the perfect pair of shoes for the occasion.
This is a Broadway Across America Indianapolis production for all ages that you will not want to miss. Tickets are on sale now at www.butlerartscenter.org. $10 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. Hurry to get your tickets. The show runs now through Sunday with the following showtimes available: Wednesday, November 16 – 7:30pm; Thursday, November 17 – 7:30pm; Friday, November 18 – 8:30pm; Saturday, November 19 – 2:00pm and 8:00pm; Sunday, November 20 – 1:00pm and 6:30pm. Pricing information is available online.
*A note of recommendation for parents with young children – be sure to pick up your booster seat prior to going into the auditorium. This will help your little one to be able to see the show easily without having to strain their neck or peer around the grown-up in front.