Community Theater is alive and well in Las Vegas, as evidenced by a full house on Opening Night of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center.
Presented by the James Seastrand Helping Hands of North Las Vegas, the purpose of this production is to promote local community theater as well as raise money for the nonprofit organization. Named for the former mayor of North Las Vegas, the organization is dedicated to helping senior citizens throughout the valley.
The annual play has been the organization’s main fundraiser since 2000, when James Seastrand’s wife Roselle used her fine arts background to create, direct, and produce her idea into reality. According to program director Marcia Blake, the annual play is produced and staffed entirely by volunteers. From the cast to the stagehands, everyone involved in the play does it for love of theater and community.
This year, James Seastrand was fortunate enough to participate in Disney’s Give-a-Day, Get-a-Day program, where approximately 10 entertainment professionals assisted the organization with set design and construction. This was evident during the production, when the immense background of Cinderella’s castle can be seen in the background, covering the entire span of the back curtain. Especially impressive was Cinderella’s pumpkin coach, which looked like it came straight out of the fairy tale books with its hand-painted gold inlays and luxurious-looking interior.
Directed by Clark County School District theater teacher Kevin Cotton and starring Casey Donaho as Cinderella, this year’s production is as charming as the story itself. With standout performances from Kelly Burrows as the Fairy Godmother and real-life duo Josh and Jody Moser as the King and Queen, one can’t help but be swept away by the enthusiasm and passion of the entire cast and crew.
Cinderella is playing through Saturday, June 26 at the Summerlin Library on Inner Circle Drive. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $8 for children. If you are looking for inexpensive family entertainment that also benefits a good cause, take your kids to see this production. Princess costumes are highly encouraged.
For more information on volunteering opportunities and donations to the James Seastrand Helping Hands organization, click here.
Writer's Note: The original publication of this article neglected to mention that the Prince in this production was played by Jeremy Madsen, arguably one of the more popular actors with the audience. We regret the error and omission.
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