Thus, during its regular meeting, the Rotary Club of Crowley welcomed Logan Frederick, director of the production, and two members of the cast, Courtney Richard (stepsister Grace) and Claire Dore (stepsister Joy), to provide insight to The Acadia Players latest production.
Frederick explained that he, as a member of The Acadia Players’ teen board, presented “Cinderella” last June and work began then on the production.
“Cinderella” was chosen for two main reasons, it is family friendly, something very important to The Acadia Players, and it’s a story everyone knows.
But, it was quickly pointed out that this will not be the Disney version, instead it will be Rodgers & Hammerstein’s take that was originally presented on television in 1957 and has since seen different incarnations.
The cast is filled with a lot of talented individuals, that were chosen from a large group of people who auditioned. They are, Caeli Reaux as Cinderella, Rotarian Susan Comeaux as the wicked stepmother, Richard and Dore as the stepsisters, Casey Robichaux as Prince Christopher, Christopher Pridgeon as Lionel, Rotarian Elliot Dore as King Maximillian and Sandy Dore as Queen Constantina.
The cast also includes four younger actress that will play young Cinderella throughout the show’s stint–Corinne Doucet, Madelyn Arceneaux, Julia Sittig and Ellie Dore; as well as Justin Hebert, Ty Zaunbrecher, Clay Zaunbrecher, Aaron Bertrand, Patrick Cormier, Matt Yates, Stephen Benoit, Tiffany Reed, Vanessa Benoit and Lauren Broussard serving as villagers, merchants, coachman, horses, maidens and palaces guests.
The backstage crew inclues Zane Cluse, Emma Wagar, Samantha Wright, Ashely Wright, Brittany Richard, Kristen Petitjean, Gayle Guillot, Hailey Johnson, Tina Reaux, Adelle Arceneaux, Becky Whiting and Emily Courville.
Claire Dore and Richard performed “Stepsisters’ Lament,” which they will sing in the production.
As he spoke to the Rotarians, Frederick, could not say enough about his cast and pointed out how the girls’ performance was just part of what those in attendance could look forward to this weekend.
“That is just a little bit of the talent this show possesses,” he said. “There’s a lot of talent throughout the cast.”
The Acadia Players will be presenting “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” beginning Thursday night and running through Sunday.
Performances will be held at the Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley Thursday, June 14; Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and are available online at www.acadiaplayers.com or www.thegrandoperahouse.org, at various locations throughout Crowley and will be available at the door.
Doors will open one hour prior to performances.