Cinderella comes to HFACPublished 1:48pm Friday, August 8, 2014
She has embraced playing the role in College Street Players’ production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” this week.
“When I enter a room dressed as Cinderella, I always get a hug from someone,” Johnson said. “I think they just love Cinderella and are very inspired by her, just as I am. I love playing the role of Cinderella.”
Fans of Cinderella can catch the Broadway-style fairy tale at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. each night. There will also be two matinee performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the HFAC or at the door as long as they last.
Jenny Faulk, choreographer and one of the show’s directors, said this production is different from many past, since it includes more adults in leading roles.
“We have actors from second grade to adults with varying degrees of experience and skill,” Faulk said. “We have a lot of adults in this one, which is a change, but we are doing the full Broadway version of ‘Cinderella.’ We needed adults in the lead roles of this production.”
Faulk said the cast of 76 has been practicing three days a week for eight weeks for the five 90-minute performances.
The centerpiece of the production is the Cinderella carriage, which came to life with the design of crew. It features LED lighting that can change colors, adding a little magic to the production.
Johnson said this is her first production with College Street Players and her first lead role in a production.
“The cast has been really helpful and really supportive of me,” Johnson said. “They’ve done a great job of making me feel comfortable.
“I’m a little bit sad that we’ll be done with everything next week,” Johnson added. “We have a great cast.”
Principal Characters – Amanda Johnson, Cinderella; Andrew Sybert, Prince; Aaron Warnick, King ; Quinci Evans, Queen; Sonja McKelvy, Stepmother; Rachel McKelvy, Stepsister – Portia; Jessica Lee, Stepsister – Joy; Leah Craft, Fairy Godmother; Jalen Brown, Herald; Zachary Amos, Steward, Ballroom Couple; John Ballew, Captain of the Guard, Ballroom Couple; Will Mansell, Court Tailor, Ballroom Couple. Townspeople – Emily Amos, first Girl & third Girl, Townspeople, Ballroom; Hailey Beard, second girl, bad girl, Townspeople, Ballroom; Holly Smith, Mother, Townspeople, Ballroom; Olivia Patterson, Daughter, Townspeople, Ballroom; Cape Sandlin, Father, Townspeople; Carter Chapman, Little Boy, Townspeople; Sophie Manning, Older Sister, Townspeople, Ballroom Couple; Jamilynn Yarbrough, Younger Sister, Townspeople, Ballroom; Marissa Davis, Kid Sister, Townspeople, Ballroom; Delaney Emmons, Sloppy Girl, Townspeople, Ballroom; Hannah Gregory, Studious Girl, Townspeople, Ballroom; Randy Hames, Minister, Townspeople; Stephanie Yarbrough, Woman, Townspeople, Ballroom; Sarah Westbrook, Townspeople, Pumpkin; Ellie Nash, Townspeople, Ballroom; Corey Tyer, Townspeople, Coachmen; Nathan Johnson, Townspeople, Footman; Sara Winton, Townspeople, Ballroom; Ashley Dolbeer, Katelyn Dolbeer, Cristi Dolbeer, Camyrn Willingham, Emma Gregory, Jenni Cate Rhodes, Josiah Yarbrough, Justus Yarbrough, Lilly Smith, Zoe Smith and Sloan Steelman, Townspeople.
Ballroom Scene/Wedding Scene – Erin Kenney, Sidney Vanderhoff, Stephen Vanderhoff and Sidney Green, Ballroom Couples; Alyssa McMinemon, Julya McMinemon, Becca Faulk, Catherine Keel, Jessica Beal, Maggie Guyse, Mary Elizabeth Adams, Morgan Abercrombie Ballroom Dancer; Samantha Vickers, Ballroom Dancers; Sierra Warnick, Page; Lucas McMinemon, Ring Bearer; Garden Scene/Animals, ; MaryBeth Gentle, Miller Howse, Jenna Dozier and Taylor Dozier, Horses; Abbey Winsett, Ellie Jared, Isaac Casteel, Katie Sloan, McKinzie Cameron, Monroe Howse, Tori-Anna Kay, Mice; Jada Pepper, Jordan Pepper, Allie Lovell, India Dillard and Ivadell Slaten, Pumpkins; Kayla Blackburn, Lennon Ashby, Sydney Pangle and Kaylee Barbee, Sunflowers.
Crew – Jenny Faulk, Director, Choreographer; Kathy Manning, Director ; Wanda Thompson, Music Director; Andy Faulk, Technical Director; Kyle Dusina, Stage Manager.