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RMU Colonial Theatre Presents Rodgers’ & Hammerstein’s "Cinderella"

Monday, July 18, 2011

The magical fairy tale comes to life this month as Robert Morris University’s Colonial Theatre presents Rodgers  & Hammerstein’s charming musical Cinderella.  Performances of this romantic tale for all ages will be held July 27 – 31 in Robert Morris University’s Massey Theater.  Curtain is at 8p.m., Thursday – Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.  Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.  For more information on the show, call 412-397-5454 or go to to www.rmu.edu/theatre.

A special “Royal Tea” will be held on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m., prior to that night’s performance.  This event will benefit Give Kids the World, a non-profit organization that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses by providing them memorable, joyful, cost-free visits to Central Florida attractions, including the magic of Give Kids the World Village. The Royal Tea, hosted by the Queen and Cinderella, will feature hot and cold beverages and delicious pastries from Moio’s Italian Pastry Shop in Monroeville.  Admission will be a $10 donation to Give Kids the World and reservations are requested.  To make reservations, or for more information, call 412-397-5409 or email lefebvre@rmu.edu.

Family-friendly and filled with messages of hope and happiness, Cinderella tells the story of a young, unappreciated maiden and her path to happiness in the arms of her handsome prince.  Cinderella and her prince, charmingly played by Brittany Babjack and Zeke Stewart, face challenges from Cinderella’s intimidating stepmother (Sharon Wolf) and her two awkward stepsisters, hilariously played by Logan Williams and Ryan Collins.  But as we all learn, with the help of Cinderella’s irresistible Fairy Godmother (Gloria Little), “Impossible things are happening every day.”  The cast is rounded out by an ensemble of talented students and community members. 

The production is directed by Professor Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre, with musical direction by Matthew Wolf.  Robert Morris alumna Gemma Williamson choreographs.  

RMU's Colonial Theatre program is part of the university’s bachelor’s degree in communication, preparing students for theatre-related careers. Students take foundation courses in areas such as acting and production, as well as specialty courses including Stage Combat, Jazz Dance, and Acting for the Camera. Students are encouraged to actively participate in Colonial Theatre productions, which are produced four times each year, but auditions for all Colonial Theatre productions are open to the community.