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A Cinderella affair in Gettysburg

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You can feel just like Cinderella when you visit the Gettysburg area the weekend of March 7 and 8. The Gettysburg Community Theatre is holding two “Cinderellaish” events—A Cinderella Ball and a stage production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical adaptation of Cinderella.

Get your pumpkin coached up, have the mice make up a fine gown or suit to wear, and set off for the Gettysburg Hotel Ballroom for the Cinderella Ball. To be held Friday, March 7, The Cinderella Ball will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include an enchanted night of concerts, merriment and more. The concert will feature the following performers: Jane Johnston, Emily Falvey, Kyleigh Grim, Eric B. Mota, Wayne Hill, Ken Williamson Chad-Alan Carr, Sean Mott, Liz Schmitz, Ed Riggs, Jimmy Robison, Carrie Trax and of course the students of the Gettysburg Community Theatre.

Hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a dessert bar will be on-hand during this 2014 Gala event, and a silent auction will take place as well. Also during this time will be a preview for a new theater for youths with disabilities known as The Penguin Project. Originally conceived by a doctor in Illinois, the Penguin Project helps youths with disabilities to participate in community activities in many ways, including acting and performing arts. The name “Penguin” was chosen to denote the unique features of these distinct birds—they are playful, curious and demonstrate teamwork and dedication. They are also distinguished by their own “disability” in that, unlike other birds, they are unable to fly. To learn more about the Penguin Project, visit www.penguinproject.org. To receive your “formal” ball invitation and to purchase tickets, send requests to info@GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org.

Do you want even MORE Cinderella? Make your Cinderella weekend complete by attending a showing of the musical story of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s stage adaptation. Show times will be at 2 p.m. on March 8, 9 and 16, and at 7 p.m. on March 14 and 15. This beloved version of the Cinderella stage production is currently making its way on Broadway. But under the direction of Carrie Trax and Kyleigh Grim, and choreographer Eric Mota, local fans can stay local and enjoy this wonderful production without traveling far away. Reserved seating is limited and costs $11.

The Gettysburg Community Theatre has a mission “to inspire creativity and confidence, provide cultural enrichment, and instill a love of the theatre arts in young people through quality education, training, and performing experiences in the art of musical theatre.” Its vision is “to provide a fostering environment to train a well-rounded young theatre artist to succeed in all aspects of the discipline while enriching the region’s artistic culture.”

The theatre is located at 49 York Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Site where Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be performed.) The Friday night Cinderella Ball will take place in the Gettysburg hotel Ballroom at 1 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA 17325. For more information, visit www.gettysburgcommunitytheatre.org.

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