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Magic makes dreams come true in Disney’s ‘Cinderella’

Hard to believe, but a new school year approaches, and while many students enjoyed their summer vacation in various ways, a band of aspiring actors and actresses attended classes at The Barn Playhouse to produce a kids’ version of Walt Disney’s “Cinderella-Kids” to be presented July 22-23-24,” performed by students in grades 3-7, a spokesman for The Barn announced.

The live action version of the Disney classic “Cinderella-kids” runs July 22-24 at The Barn Players Playhouse as The Barn’s summer theater program for children begins. Under the direction of Jason Coats, workshop and production director, the children’s charming fairytale comes to life in a live-action performance.

The songs from the animated feature of the same name are included in the children’s performance. The cast performs “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and the classic “Bibbidi-Boppidi-Boo.”

The production culminates a summer theater workshop where the youngsters learn about theater and stage presentations. The first summer workshop attracted large crowds of enthusiastic adults to watch the young performers demonstrate their skills. The second workshop/production anticipates similar attendance, a Barn spokesman said.

According to The Barn, the Disney classic finds a sad Cinderella, mistreated by her step-sisters and step-mother, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. Cinderella dreams of a better life, but she sees no chance to change her life. When things look hopeless, a little help from her mice friends and Fairy Godmother, make Cinderella’s dreams come true. She attends the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love. With only Cinderella’s glass slipper left behind, the Prince scours the Kingdom to find the foot that it fits. It’s a happy ending as the curtain falls. Cinderella and the Prince live happily ever-after.

The Barn Kids present “Cinderella–Kids” at 7:30 p.m. July 11-24, at The Barn Players Theatre, 6219 Martway in Mission, Kansas. The show is rated “G.” all tickets cost $5 and can be purchased on the website www.thebarnplayers.org; by calling 1-800-838-3006; or at the box office the date of the performance.