Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella ready to sparkle on stage at William Floyd High School

Despite the lingering stormy weather, the season of spring musicals has arrived! OCEAN Arts is proud to present the 2013 Broadway version of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical, Cinderella on March 23-24 at William Floyd High School.

The stage will come alive with lovely ladies in swirling ball gowns, dashing lords in tails and all the stunning songs that audiences of all ages know and love. The 2013 Broadway version of Cinderella is updated, with a more humorous and relatable storyline, while retaining the incredible music that has made the show a hit over and over. “Impossible,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” and “In My Own Little Corner” are just a few of the many songs.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella ready to sparkle on stage at William Floyd High School
Sarah Gross and Luca Columbano as “Cinderella” and “Prince Charming” in the OCEAN Arts production of “Cinderella.” Photo credit: OCEAN Arts

Producers April Franzino and Cathy Meinhold lead the production team, with OCEAN Arts artistic director Kyle Imperatore handling directorial duties for the third time. Christopher Miranda returns as musical director along with choreographer Nicole Bianco. “Once again we are lucky enough to have high school band director Michael Cordaro on board as our pit orchestra director, and Susan Cordaro running sound and light,” said Imperatore. “We rely heavily on their experience; I don’t know what we would do without them.”

Cinderella is the seventh high school musical produced by OCEAN Arts in collaboration with the Community Library Friends of the Arts Inc. and the William Floyd School District. They also offer middle school and summer camp productions for younger children. Community involvement is the key to their success. “Cinderella is a huge show to produce on a shoestring budget,” said Meinhold. “We have a big cast so we have nearly 150 costumes altogether. We put out the word that we needed donations of gowns, and within a few weeks we had plenty,” she said. “Our community always comes through; it means so much to us and to the kids,” added Franzino.

The traditional meet-and-greet with the cast in costume will take place following the Saturday afternoon matinee performance. Families are welcome to take photos and get autographs from the cast. There will be several raffle baskets, as well as snacks and trinkets for sale before all shows and during intermission.

Cinderella will be presented on Friday, March 23 at 7 pm, Saturday, March 24 at 1 pm and again at 7 pm. Tickets are $11 in advance and $13 at the door. All seats are reserved seating. Purchase advance tickets at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community library or online at www.oceanarts.org.

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