Getting to Know...Cinderella ShowKit
By Rodgers and Hammerstein
Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals proudly presents the Getting to Know... Collection, adaptations of classic musicals for pre-high school students. The Getting to Know adaptations run approximately 50 to 70 minutes in length and have been created expressly with young performers in mind. The comprehensive ShowKit materials ensure that any enthusiastic teacher can produce a hit show!
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First seen as a television spectacular in 1957, and remade for television in 1965 and 1997, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA spins its own version of the traditional story, woven through with such beloved songs as "In My Own Little Corner," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Impossible." With the script and score lovingly adapted for elementary and middle school performers, this classic seems as fresh as today. After all, even if we know the story by heart, we still hold our breath until we are sure that the slipper fits.
Cast of Characters:
Cinderella is an extremely good-natured girl despite the unpleasant environment in which she lives. As apparent in the song "In My Own Little Corner," she has a vivid fantasy life that helps her escape the dispirited reality of her everyday existence. Cinderella is an obedient child but does not allow her stepfamily’s demeaning treatment of her to make her feel inferior. By returning to the palace in hopes of reconnecting with the Prince, Cinderella is taking her destiny into her own hands, proving her self-sufficiency.
The Prince is a warm and sensitive young man without pretensions. He is in no hurry to marry, preferring to find a bride in his own time. Despite his misgivings about the ball his mother has planned, he goes along with it so as not to hurt her feelings. When he meets Cinderella, her is insightful enough to realize that she is different from the other maidens at the ball. He is comfortable and able to share his feelings with her.
The Stepmother, unlike in some versions of the story, is not really evil. She is self-absorbed and focused on the needs of her own daughters at Cinderella’s expense. She tends to ignore Cinderella unless she needs something done, such as packages to be carried or the fire stoked. She does not pay enough attention to Cinderella to see her good qualities and is self-deluded about the qualities of her own daughters. Even after they have made fools of themselves at the ball, the Stepmother holds on to her belief that the Prince might choose one of them for his bride.
Joy and Portia have been named in direct opposition to their true demeanors, for we will never see a genuine smile cross Joy’s face, and it is obvious Portia isn’t bright enough to be a great lawyer like her namesake. Like their mother, their attitudes toward Cinderella are indifferent and inconsiderate rather than downright cruel. They think of her as a nuisance unless she’s doing chores. They are also somewhat resentful of her good nature. There is also a rivalry between Joy and Portia, one always trying to outdo the other while vying for their mother’s affection and attention.
The Godmother is a down-to-earth woman who initially does not seem to possess any magical qualities whatsoever. (You'll note that Hammerstein chose to identify her simply as "Godmother" rather than "Fairy Godmother.") She's a realist, challenging Cinderella's notions of wishes and dreams. Only when Cinderella has demonstrated her determination and resolve does the Godmother lend her magical assistance.
The King and Queen, although royalty, are very much a normal married couple. They are concerned about their son’s happiness but disagree on how to deal with him. The Queen is convinced that all he needs is to meet the right girl and that he'll do so at the ball she has arranged. The King goes along with her plans because his wife has her heart set on it, but he is not enthused. Like any couple, they occasionally bicker but there is never any doubt about their love for each other.
The Herald is the official spokesman for the royal family. It is his job to deliver the news of the day to the townspeople. In the first scene of the musical, he is especially delighted to announce the ball because he knows the townspeople will be thrilled. However, he is very formal, as befits an employee of the royal family, and so to some extent he tries to hide his excitement.
Chorus includes Townspeople, Palace Staff, Maidens, Horses, Footman and Coachman.
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