The happy music, associated with Disney’s animated classic movie, Cinderella, comes to life in a live-action version, truncated to accommodate a young generation of novice actors in a summer workshop at The Barn Players Playhouse as they presented “Disney’s Cinderella-Kids” for three nights, June 16-19, in Mission, Kan.
From the tallest Fairy Godmother to the smallest mouse, the acting troupe performed with flair and an unfathomable amount of cuteness and smiles. They sang, danced, acted and displayed all they learned in the summer camp that culminated with the three live performances.
Parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and assorted friends and supporters of The Barn filled the auditorium for the performances. The smiles throughout the show demonstrated the levels of excitement the young actors felt as they worked through the 35-minute shortened piece.
Count on The Barn Players to create continuing opportunities for children through high school age to perform in live productions through the year. They sponsor a kids’ show and a junior show. Both levels are crowd pleasers.
The amazing part of “Disney’s Cinderella–Kids” is that the show allowed all 24 campers to help with all phases of the theater production. They built sets, painted sets, took singing and acting classes, helped with costumes, etc. The program allows them to see different facets of theater production and performance.
In this show, it’s clear that everyone was a star and brought a cheering section to the performance. A look through the audience found eyes trained on each performer as they entered and exited. The lines were memorized well and the young actors knew to keep the show tight and moving.
The musical numbers allowed all the cast to sing and dance as needed for each scene. Each actor knew his or her part and played it to the best of his or her ability making the show a huge success and worth of the audience’s time.
The cast included: Hallie Amstein as Drizella, Maria Berardo as Cinderella, Amanda Brinkley as Fairy Godmother, Ava Budetti, Narrator 2 and young lady at ball, Elliott Chambon as Luke, Quinn Chambon as Town Crier1 and villager, Hayden Diguardi as Mouse and villager, Kate Early as Narrator 3 and young lady at ball, Shoshana Fisher as Mouse and villager, Sofie Flamm as Narrator 4 and young lady at ball, Maxwell Hill as Prince Charming, Greyson Imm as King, Haley Johnson as Perla, Breanna Koehler as Stepmother, Molly Laughton as Town Crier 4 and villager, Grace Laughton as Narraror 1 and young lady at ball, Kalyssa Nichols as Anastasia, Ryan Owens as Town Crier 3 and villager, Aurelia Power as Town Crier 2 and villager, Margo Roberts as Gus, Jezri Robertson as Herald, Grace Rood as Mouse and villager, Anna Shapoval as Jaq, Dylan Wilson as Grand Duke.
The creative team included: Diane Bulan, director/set design; Mark Carlson, stage manager/production intern; Bill Wright, set design; Annalise Imm and Scott Cook, production assistants; Sean Leistico, sound design; Chuck Cline, light design; Alex Morales, graphic design.
Give a rousing ovation to the young actors and creative team that taught and produced the show. The Barn Players presents another installment of the same show later this summer with an entirely new cast after they complete their summer workshop. This one will be hard to top.