Wow! The young people at the Highlands Middle School have put together a wonderful production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella.
The folks at Central Presbyterian Church in Tarentum are rightfully proud of each of the people connected to our church who participated in the show. Elena Egusquiza-Miller shone as Cinderella. Verne Bergstrom played the coachman and a fruit vendor. Renee L. Shreffler (our congregation's organist/choir director) was the director. At the Friday show we had a good turnout from Central to support our young people and friends.
Everyone in the show was well-cast. Julie Victain as the step-mother, Hannah Nycz as Portia, and and Taylor Pastovic as Joy were entertaining as the badly-behaved family that everyone would want to see passed over. Ben Gaschler as the King, Natalie Ehrlich as the Queen, and Ross Nelson as the Prince brought us into the behind-the-scenes anxieties of a family putting together a party for an awkward purpose.
I've heard that Jeremy Fox, who played the Chef, is considering a new career or at least thinking of cooking a meal for his mother.
The ten Maidens (featured dancers) included Taylor Swartz who has helped with Central's Vacation Bible School.
The sets were well-designed and the stage crew worked smoothly and speedily between scenes.
Following the show the audience was able to have "Cookies with the Cast" in the school cafeteria.
The second and final show will be Saturday, February 11, 2006, at 7:00 PM at the Highlands Middle School. Be sure see it!