By Sara G. Stephens, Managing Editor, Houston Family Magazine
I took my two daughters, ages 10 and 6, to see TUTS’ magnificent production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. What a delight it was to share this timeless story with them and to experience the plot as it unfolds on a stage, with live actors, lively song and dance, and captivating stage sets.I wondered as we entered the theatre if my daughters would be thrown off by this different version of their treasured fairy tale classic–the songs, the characters, the subplots and the twists challenging their young minds to embrace another interpretation of the story they’ve read countless times and viewed via the magic of Disney’s classic animation.
Nothing could have been further from the truth. My girls loved every moment of this sparkling show.
They sat on the edges of their seats (when they weren’t dancing in them)–charmed by the magnetic powers of Ella’s Fairy Godmother, tickled by the antics of a stepsister and stepmother so out-of-whack insensitive that they’re funny, and utterly overjoyed by Ella’s transformation for the ball.
This version of Cinderella also served a few extra helpings of plot twists that kept every audience member riveted as to the story’s outcome.
Although I would love to share my daughters’ entire personal reviews of the show, upon reading them I realized their words would give away too much of what every child and adult should experience firsthand.
Rather, I will share some quotes that highlight what they said to have enjoyed most about “Cinderella,” without the spoilers.
Anna, age 10:
“My favorite character was the really, really mean stepsister. She was so funny, and I loved the song where she’s asking why the prince would be so interested in someone like Cinderella. She actually made some good points. I also loved the Fairy Godmother. She was really strong, bold, and unexpected.”
“The special effects were really well done, and the costumes were beautiful–especially Cinderella’s dress. And I LOVED her glass slippers!!!!”
“I also love the game they play at the ball. That would be a fun game to play.”
Violet, age 6:
“My favorite characters were Cinderella and the skinny stepsister, whose hair looked like a pretzel. She was so funny!”
“I liked that things turned out different between some of the characters than what happens in the other Cinderella story.”
“It was fun to see the scenery change, especially when the Fairy Godmother made everything change for the ball, like the horses and the carriage. I couldn’t believe my eyes!”
“My favorite song was the one Cinderella sang with her stepmother and stepsisters. It was hilarious!”
Every moment of “Cinderella” is dusted with magic. You will create lifetime memories by sharing this magic with your kids, and the message of “It’s Possible” will serve them well through adulthood.
The show runs through Sunday, June 7, at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston.
Click here for more information and to buy your tickets.