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Rose-Hulman Drama Club Bringing Magical 'Cinderella' Story to Stage

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Queen Of The Ball: Cinderella, played by Lexi Harris, finds true love with the Prince, played by Jonathan Jungck, while attending the kingdom's ball-a special scene from the Rose-Hulman Drama Club's fall play. (Photo by Nathan Montgomery)

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Drama Club invites the Wabash Valley into the enchanting world of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, a beloved tale being retold the next two weekends on the Hatfield Hall Theater stage.

The curtain will be drawn at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 24, with other productions scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 25, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, October 26. Other shows will follow at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1.

Cinderella is a timeless classic where dreams really do come true. It also is reborn with the Rodgers and Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm, and elegance.

The story was originally presented on television in 1957, starring Julie Andrews. Its recreation in 1965, with Lesley Ann Warren, brought a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother.

As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the production showcases the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, with the story's classic elements-glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball, along with some surprising twists.

More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams, too.

"This story may be a classic, but it never gets old," said Jonathan Jungck, who plays the role of Topher, the kingdom's prince who needs a bit of inspiration to realize his full potential. "There are several delightful moments throughout the story, but the comedy may be surprising. While I enjoy the applause from the audience, I know I'm doing things right if everyone is laughing."

Lexi Harris plays Ella (Cinderella), a young lady with the kindest heart in the kingdom. Monya Wolf is in the role of the wicked Stepmother, while Alia Robinson is featured as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother.

Other key cast members include Sarah Eberhardt as Joy, Emily Barker as Grace, Kylie McMollum as the Queen, Nick Miller as the King, and Ryan Seale as Lionel.

Hartnett Terence 2014

Terence Hartnett

"The students at Rose-Hulman are amazingly talented. There are so many gifted singers, dancers, and actors here. They have put so much energy into this production-both the cast and crew," said new Drama Club Artistic Director Terence Hartnett. "I am impressed by the students' commitment to the show and working on this production has been inspiring. And, the tech crew has been remarkable."

Hartnett joined the Rose-Hulman faculty this year as an assistant professor of English and director of theater programs, teaching courses in theater and drama, as well as writing. The Chicago native earned a doctorate degree at Indiana University and has more than 20 years of experience working in the theater, including the Indiana Shakespeare Company, the Bloomington Playwrights Project, and eight years as artistic director for Detour Theatre Company.

With Detour, Hartnett directed, designed, and produced 18 shows, including productions by Henrik Ibsen, Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and David Mamet.

Tickets for this Rose-Hulman Drama Club production are $20 for adults and $15 for youths, and are available before each performance. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 812-877-8544, visiting the ticket office in the Hatfield Hall lobby from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, and online at www.hatfieldhall.com.


Rose-Hulman Drama Club
Friday, Oct. 24 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 25 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 26 - 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 31 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1 - 7:30 p.m.

Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, IN

Tickets: $20 for adults; $15 for youths

For tickets: Call 812-877-8544; visit the Hatfield Hall ticket office from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays; online at www.hatfieldhall.com