Desert Stages Children’s Theatre opens it 2010-11 season with Cinderella: a Ragtime Musical this Friday, August 20. This is an original adaptation of the age-old favorite with book, lyrics and music by Gerry Cullity. Be prepared for a delightful, syncopated song-and-dance spin on the classic fairy-tale, Cinderella.
“Gerry’s [Cullity] version is truly an original take on this fairy tale which is just about everyone’s favorite,” said Laurie Cullity, executive director and co-founder, with her husband, of Desert Stages Theatre. Cullity put a ragtime spin on the timeless tale of a long-suffering Cinderella. In his version, set in turn-of-last-century New York City, the classic tale has become a traditional rags-to-riches story.
Laurie Cullity added, “The children love the ‘pumped up’ singing and dancing in this production. It keeps them on their toes, which is what the Desert Stage children’s academy experience is all about, discovering the new and perhaps unexpected, especially about themselves.”
In 1634, Giambattista Basile, a Neopolitan soldier and government official, wrote The Story of Stories, or Pentamerone. It featured the tale of Cenerentola (Cinderella), that included a wicked step mother and step sisters, magical transformations, a missing slipper, and a hunt by a king for the owner of the slipper.
One of the most popular versions of Cinderella was written by Charles Perrault in 1697. Perrault added the pumpkin, the fairy-godmother and the introduction of glass slippers. It is widely believed that in Perrault’s version, Cinderella wore fur boots, a pair of Renaissance Uggs so-to-speak (“pantoufle en vair”), and that the story was mistranslated into English, mistaking vair for verre (glass), creating the myth of the glass slippers that has remained the story’s key element ever since.
Another well-known version is by the brothers Grimm. In the Grimm re-telling of the fairy-tale, Cinderella’s help comes not from a fairy-godmother but a wishing tree that grows on her mother’s grave. This is the version that was used by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim in their Into The Woods.
Throughout the centuries, the glorious tale of Cinderella, in both the Perrault and Grimm versions, has inspired countless operas, ballets, films (both live action and animated) and musicals. Now Desert Stages adds Cinderella: a Ragtime Musical to that formidable list, featuring 100 young Metro area actors in two casts.
Cinderella: a Ragtime Musical runs from August 20th to September 19, 2010 on DST’s Main Stage.
Graphic art courtesy of Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre.
For additional information regarding all the exciting new productions in the 2010-11, season subscriptions, performance schedules, ticket prices and availability for Cinderella, a Ragtime Musical, The Dinner Party and the upcoming Main Stage Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, please contact the Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre Box Office either by phone (480) 483 1664 or ON LINE.
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