Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella by Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA
March 11, 2020
Review submitted by Sophie Curran of Jenkintown High School
A girl going from rags to riches, a prince looking for himself and a bride, a fairy godmother, and an evil stepmother with two daughters: all of these characters are familiar ones to most. At Delaware County Christian School this past weekend, these faces from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella were brought to life by a lively and colorful cast.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a musical that was written for television, originally airing on CBS live in 1957 and starring Julie Andrews. The storyline is different from the one most often recalled by the public: Cinderella still goes to the ball with the help of her fairy godmother, but she is surrounded by newer characters like the young revolutionary Jean-Michel and unlikely friend Gabrielle. This version of the classic tale featured the beloved, classic characters with modern ideas and intentions.
Delaware County Christian School’s production of Cinderella was fun and heartfelt. Everyone in the cast seemed to enjoy performing as much as the audience loved watching the show. Despite several small technical hiccups, the whole cast was able to construct a comedic and enjoyable performance that had the audience laughing and sitting on the edges of their seats.
Brendan Tuttle as Prince Topher and Lilly Fischer as Ella worked together to create a memorable storyline as the main characters. Their duets “Ten Minutes Ago”, “Loneliness of Evening”, and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” were charming and enjoyable. Brendan Tuttle was memorable in his role, garnering cheers many times throughout the production.
The supporting cast was delightful to watch onstage. Many of their performances stood out, such as Jazmine Scotton as Marie, who blessed the audience with her lovely voice during several musical numbers, such as “Impossible” and “There’s Music in You”. The stepsisters, played by Emily Chung (Gabrielle) and Emma Carrington (Charlotte), provided heartwarming and comedic performances, respectively. The various ensembles wonderfully uplifted the main character’s performances, although the overall energy of the cast dropped a few times throughout the show. Overall, the supporting cast made the show enjoyable to watch and hear.
The stage crew did an exemplary job under the stage managers, Declan Thompson and Eowyn Oh, although there were some small issues with the spotlights and microphones during musical numbers. The set changes were quick and well-planned, thanks to the DC KMMICP Crew. The costumes were designed and refurbished by students and lent a lovely hand in making the show colorful and fantastical, thanks to Noelle Griest, Madison O’Shea, Aubrey Theis, and the DC Red Team.
Overall, Delaware County Christian School’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was an enjoyable and lovely take on the classic tale.
Review submitted by Meg Matsukawa of Academy of the New Church
As pumpkins turned to carriages and foxes turned to footmen, so the impossible turned to possible in Delaware County Christian School’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the musical based on the classic fairy tale, was written in 1957 for television. Since its original debut, the musical has been adapted into numerous forms, most recently into a 2013 Broadway version with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane. Delaware County Christian School brought the story to life in their own interpretation of the timeless tale.
Delaware County Christian School’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was carried by the small but mighty ensemble whose energetic facial expressions brought the backdrop of the fairy tale to life, painting a picture of the poor and determined villagers and the eager and flirtatious ball guests. Their soft singing and harmonies brought depth to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic songs, helping support the voices of the lead actors.
The show had several very strong voices, but Brendan Tuttle, who played Prince Topher, stood out among the actors. His powerful voice filled the room with ease, and he carried himself with grace and poise befitting a prince. Lilly Fischer played the part of Ella with a sweet voice and unique portrayal of the timeless character.
The supporting cast of the production was incredible, showcasing their acting and singing abilities within their smaller roles. Emily Chung, who played Gabrielle, beautifully brought a soft side to the classically rough character, as well as an incredible voice and emotional acting. Emma Carrington gave a lively and comical performance of Charlotte, and even when technical difficulties got in the way of her performance, she carried on with ease and professionalism.
The production was tied together by swift and seamless scene changes, helping the show transition from palaces to pumpkins with effortless ease. The costume team handled having many difficult and onstage quick changes with skill, adding to the magic of the story with their well thought out transitions. Although there were some microphone pops, the sound crew was able to navigate controlling many body mics, a testimony to their talent.
Even as the clock struck midnight and the ball ended, the magic of Delaware County Christian School’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella left you believing in the possibilities of your dreams, and the “music in you.”