The Guild and Clay Center co-production will play the Maier Performance Hall on October 27-29 and November 3-5, 2023.
The beloved centuries old tale of Cinderella never goes out of style. The Guild and Clay Center co-production in 2023 is based on the fresh and exciting adaptation created for Broadway in 2013. The musical boasts a score by the beloved team of Rodgers and Hammerstein that includes In My Own Little Corner, Ten Minutes Ago, Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful, A Lovely Night and more with a script by Douglas Carter Beane updated for modern sensibilities. Wishes and happy endings can come true.
The tale has been told and retold from the Grimm Brothers tale to Disney’s animated version to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical created for television with Julie Andrews in 1957 to additional television versions with Lesley Ann Warren in 1957 and Brandy Norwood in 1997 to stage versions based on the 1957 television script to a movie version and more. In 2013 the tale debuted on Broadway with the original Rodgers and Hammerstein beloved score and a new script by Beane that was updated from the original by Oscar Hammerstein II and starred Laura Osnes as Cinderella, Santino Fontana as the Prince and Victoria Clark as the Fairy Godmother. The Guild previously presented Cinderella twice in 1996 and 2007, both times utilizing the stage adaptation based on the Julie Andrews televised production. This will be the first time the Broadway re-scripted production will be presented by the group.
SINGING: Monday, August 21 | 7:00 p.m. - Prepare a vocal selection and bring music for Guild accompanist (if not from the show's score). Scores provided for selections from the show.
READING: Tuesday, August 22 | 7:00 p.m. - Scripts will be provided.
DANCING: Wednesday, August 23 | 7:00 p.m. - Dress to move in dance auditions; combinations will be taught.
*All auditions held at the Light Opera Guild Theatre in Charleston*
Nina Denton Pasinetti
Auditioning ages 15 through adults.
Ella – Cinderella, leading role; soprano; plays 20s; kindhearted lovely girl who exhibits much spirit.
Topher – The Prince; baritone to G; plays 20s-30s; handsome and compassionate prince of the kingdom.
Marie – Bag lady and friend of Ella’s revealed as Fairy Godmother; plays 40s and older; soprano to G.
Madame – female, Ella’s selfish stepmother, plays 40s and older; singer with comic timing.
Sebastian – male, Topher’s Lord Chancellor; plays 40s-60s; wants to preserve power of wealthy; shield’s the prince; actor with a character voice; minimal singing.
Gabrielle – female or male; mezzo-soprano; Ella’s stepsister; plays 20s-30s; quirky with comic timing.
Charlotte – female or male; mezzo-soprano, a belt to C; plays 20s-30s; Ella’s self-involved stepsister.
Jean-Michael – male, 20s-30s; baritone; revolutionary and friend of Ella’s; needs comic timing.
Lord Pinkleton – male, 30s-50s; tenor; Sebastian’s 2nd in command; a herald for balls and events.
Footman and Coachman – males, 20s-30s; transformed from a raccoon and a fox into a handsome duo; Gymnastic and tumbling skills a benefit.
Racoon and Fox - puppets
Singing Ensemble - to play knights, serfs, townspeople, ladies and gentlemen of the court, giant, griffin, servants, etc.
Dancers – male and female dancers with ballet skills for the ball plus dancers to portray townspeople etc.