Orange Community Players will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella six times in the next two weeks.

Opening night, which features complimentary wine for adult patrons, will be this Sunday, Aug. 16, with curtain set for OCP’s traditional 7:37 p.m. Performances continue Monday and Tuesday evenings at the same time. The fourth performance will be a matinee on Sunday the 23rd of August at 2:37 p.m., followed by a performance that same evening at 7:37. Closing performance will be on Monday the 24th of August at 7:37 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling 882-9137.

Cinderella is a Broadway-style musical originally written for television, with music by  Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based upon the  fairy tale  Cinderella, for the most part Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Vair,  Charles Perrault. Perfect theater fare for families and children of all ages,

Cinderella is the story of a young woman, forced into servitude by her cruel stepmother and selfish stepsisters, who dreams of a more wonderful life. With the assistance of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a Princess and finds her Prince.

OCP’s Cinderella is being directed by Donna Rogers with musical direction by Doug Rogers. The role of Cinderella will be played by Caroline Armstrong. Interestingly, Miss Armstrong made her OCP regular season debut over five years ago in Fiddler On the Roof, also directed by Donna Rogers. The Prince is being played by Travis Coombs who audiences will remember as Sir Harry in last August’s OCP production of Once Upon a Mattress.  

 Joy McCraven will be playing the Fairy Godmother, while veteran OCP actor Tom Taliaferro will play the King to Skylar Huckaby’s Queen. The Stepmother has been entrusted to the talented Jenny Carson who rides unperturbed over the outrageous antics of Jennifer Garrison and Haley Seymour as the step-sisters. Other principal roles are ‘Rico Vásquez as the Herald, Gerard Richard as the Steward, Joshua Scales as the Chef, Jonathan McCollum as the Footman, and Taylor Pousson as the Minister. Other roles are being played by Kaylee Pattillo, Bobby Orta, Laura Kimball, Casey Kimball, Jeana Vermillion, Bridgett Bonneaux, Bethany Vermillion, Rashondria Sibley, Jade Hollier, Stephanie Freese, Morgan LeMoine, Briget Pattillo, and Rebecca Mitchell. 

Cinderella is the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written for television. It was originally broadcast live on  CBS on March 31, 1957 as a vehicle for Julie Andrews, who played the title role. The broadcast was seen by over 100 million people. It was subsequently remade for television twice, in 1965 and 1997. The 1965 version starred Lesley Ann Warren, and the 1997 one featured Brandy in the title role. This last version added songs from other Richard Rodgers musicals. 

Obviously, considering OCP’s production, Cinderella has been adapted for the stage.

Reservations can be made by calling 882-9137. Individual tickets are $8 for students and $15 for adults but, season tickets will be available at the door that will save you money on four great shows in the upcoming season. Cinderella now, then Christmas Belles in December, followed by Anatomy of Gray in February before Urinetown closes the season for OCP.