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Magic of Disney's 'Cinderella-kids' brings enthusiastic audience reaction

The Barn Kids' "Cinderella"

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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, July 22-24, in Mission, Kansas.

The Barn Players Playhouse presented "Disney's Cinderella-Kids" as the culmination of their July summer workshop for young performers.
Vida Bikales and courtesy of The Barn Players
The Barn Players Playhouse presented "Disney's Cinderella-Kids" as the culmination of their July summer workshop for young performers.
Vida Bikales and courtesy of The Barn Players

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 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: Cinderella, Maggie Masoner; Fairy Godmother, Margaret Veglahn; Stepmother, Seneca Sims; Anastasia, Maeve McGrath; Drizella, Mazey Heim; Gus, Eli Hoedl; Jaq, Gavin Hoedl; Luke, Claire Redick; Perla, McKenzie Parks; Prince Charming, Josh Holloway; King, Oscar Miller; Grand Duke, Eddie Leopold; Herald, Elizabeth Lipford; Narrators, Ava Curfman, Ada Schell, Anna Holloway, Julia Percy; Town Criers, Prairie Cotrell, Abby Barrett, Jordan Rein, 4, Talie Scholz; Villagers/Young Ladies/Mice/Ball Guests: Iris Hanoi, Isabelle Simmonds, Nicole Hanson, Ella Root.

The show was directed by Jason Coates.

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.