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Sometimes, in a fast-paced age, it's good to return to the classics.

Antigo High School drama presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's “Cinderella,” starting tonight for six performances at the Volm Theater.

Everyone's favorite fairy tale will be performed at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. It returns to the spacious Volm facilities next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, all at 7:30 p.m.

All seats are reserved. Tickets are on sale in the high school commons, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. and one hour before show time and are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10.

After years of staging shows with, quite frankly, limited appeal beyond the family and friends of the participants, director Mike Blood says in the program notes that it was time to bring back a “truly child-friendly show.”

“Welcome to the young, young at heart and new audience members,” Blood wrote.

At the parents' night dress rehearsal Thursday, the Red Robin performers offered a romp through a classic, from the amusing and so-common snipping of the Cinderella's stepsisters and stepmother, played by Madison Gabriel, Isabella Kneeland and Anna Montgomery to the obvious affection and antics of the king and queen, Alexis Schmid and James Wurtinger, and the reticence of Prince Charming, Payton Adams.

At the center of it all is Elyse Incha's Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, admirably played by Abigail Lewandowski.

Incha is sweeteven as she is hounded by her stepfamilybut harbors a secret wish to go to the ball, despite the “Fol-de-Roi,” and “It's Impossible,” warnings from Lewandowski.

But then, magically, it all becomes possible in a great flurry of design and costuming that transforms the scullery maid into a Princess, complete with glass slippers and a carriage.

Even though the story is known by everyone, it is still a delight to witness the transformation and the obvious fun everyone is having with the show.

That will only increase tonight. What a wonderful thing it will be to watch the youngest in the audience experience the fairy tale magic for the first time.

Perhaps understanding that “first time” magic, the drama department is offering a special “Royal Affair” meet-greet-treat on Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. in the theater. Admission is $5 and the program is open to ages 10 and under only, accompanied by an adult. Children are invited to enjoy one-of-a-kind interactions with the cast and are sure to be enamored. Don't forget to bring a camera for photographs.

The main characters are admirably supported by the townspeople and servants who make up much of the cast and chorus and the ensemble pieces are a whirl of color and music.

Perhaps more than most shows, the true stars of “Cinderella” are Costume Mistress Molly Gums, Set Decorator Justin Markgraf, Construction Manager Roger Meister and their crews.

The Volm stage, through a mix of manipulationsor maybe fairy tale magicis transformed to turn into a town square, a home with a surprising fireplace, a palace, a grand ballroom and garden.

And high school students accustomed to Under Armour and Old Navy are transformed with velvet and brocade into members of the royal court.

Wow, is that fun to see.

Perhaps understanding the attention span of the younger audience members, “Cinderella” is also short. With intermission, it still runs well under the two hour mark.

So, is this year's production just a simple fairy tale?

Blood, in his program notes, says no.

“I hope the younger audience members take the belief that we need the courage Cinderella had to make a change and take a risk in her own personal growth,” he said. “It is the role of adults to be the Fairy Godmother, and admonish our protégés to challenge themselves while providing support and encouragement, and to listen to the stories of triumph and defeat in the name of finding success, all the while reminding them that ‘Impossible Dreams Are Happening Every Day'.”


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Elyse Incha is transformed into a Princess by her fairy Godmother, Abigail Lewandowski, in Antigo High School's production of “Cinderella,” opening tonight.

Delightful 'Cinderella' opens tonight
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Sometimes, in a fast-paced age, it's good to return to the classics.

Antigo High School drama presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's “Cinderella,” starting tonight for six performances at the Volm Theater.

Everyone's favorite fairy tale will be performed at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. It returns to the spacious Volm facilities next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, all at 7:30 p.m.

All seats are reserved. Tickets are on sale in the high school commons, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. and one hour before show time and are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10.

After years of staging shows with, quite frankly, limited appeal beyond the family and friends of the participants, director Mike Blood says in the program notes that it was time to bring back a “truly child-friendly show.”

“Welcome to the young, young at heart and new audience members,” Blood wrote.

At the parents' night dress rehearsal Thursday, the Red Robin performers offered a romp through a classic, from the amusing and so-common snipping of the Cinderella's stepsisters and stepmother, played by Madison Gabriel, Isabella Kneeland and Anna Montgomery to the obvious affection and antics of the king and queen, Alexis Schmid and James Wurtinger, and the reticence of Prince Charming, Payton Adams.

At the center of it all is Elyse Incha's Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, admirably played by Abigail Lewandowski.

Incha is sweeteven as she is hounded by her stepfamilybut harbors a secret wish to go to the ball, despite the “Fol-de-Roi,” and “It's Impossible,” warnings from Lewandowski.

But then, magically, it all becomes possible in a great flurry of design and costuming that transforms the scullery maid into a Princess, complete with glass slippers and a carriage.

Even though the story is known by everyone, it is still a delight to witness the transformation and the obvious fun everyone is having with the show.

That will only increase tonight. What a wonderful thing it will be to watch the youngest in the audience experience the fairy tale magic for the first time.

Perhaps understanding that “first time” magic, the drama department is offering a special “Royal Affair” meet-greet-treat on Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. in the theater. Admission is $5 and the program is open to ages 10 and under only, accompanied by an adult. Children are invited to enjoy one-of-a-kind interactions with the cast and are sure to be enamored. Don't forget to bring a camera for photographs.

The main characters are admirably supported by the townspeople and servants who make up much of the cast and chorus and the ensemble pieces are a whirl of color and music.

Perhaps more than most shows, the true stars of “Cinderella” are Costume Mistress Molly Gums, Set Decorator Justin Markgraf, Construction Manager Roger Meister and their crews.

The Volm stage, through a mix of manipulationsor maybe fairy tale magicis transformed to turn into a town square, a home with a surprising fireplace, a palace, a grand ballroom and garden.

And high school students accustomed to Under Armour and Old Navy are transformed with velvet and brocade into members of the royal court.

Wow, is that fun to see.

Perhaps understanding the attention span of the younger audience members, “Cinderella” is also short. With intermission, it still runs well under the two hour mark.

So, is this year's production just a simple fairy tale?

Blood, in his program notes, says no.

“I hope the younger audience members take the belief that we need the courage Cinderella had to make a change and take a risk in her own personal growth,” he said. “It is the role of adults to be the Fairy Godmother, and admonish our protégés to challenge themselves while providing support and encouragement, and to listen to the stories of triumph and defeat in the name of finding success, all the while reminding them that ‘Impossible Dreams Are Happening Every Day'.”


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Elyse Incha is transformed into a Princess by her fairy Godmother, Abigail Lewandowski, in Antigo High School's production of “Cinderella,” opening tonight.
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