Musical Fantasy ‘Cinderella’ to be Performed at TNCC


Published: October 24, 2011

Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Performing Arts department and the TNCC Players present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “Cinderella,” on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. The show runs Nov. 11-13 and Nov.18-20 with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays.

The musical production was originally written for television, with music by acclaimed composer Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by renowned songwriter Oscar Hammerstein, II. Based on the fairy tale Cinderella, it is the story of a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and ego-maniacal stepsisters. Aided by a fairy godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a princess and finds her prince.

Tickets will be available at the door and are $10 for students, military and senior citizens and $15 for the public.

Directors Beth Beasley and Victoria Sanders said everyone involved in “Cinderella” is excited and passionate about bringing this fanciful tale, its vivid characters and the colorful set to life for audiences. More than 25 students, faculty, staff and community members comprise the cast. Along with roughly 28 crew members, they began rehearsing in August, putting in three hours or more four nights a week.

The play’s musical director Michael Sundblad said in addition to masterful acting and a beautiful set, “spectacular music” is in store for audiences as well. His orchestra consists of nearly 20 musicians complementing the work of choreographer Victoria Tarver to bring TNCC’s unique touch to the production. “The thing about our productions is they’re always unique. Rather than merely performing a reproduction of what’s been done on Broadway and other stages, we bring a special feel that is deeper and richer in all three areas – acting, set design and music,” he said.

Collaborating with a local theatrical company, the Performing Arts department and TNCC Players produced the College’s first musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” in 2009. That effort was followed in 2010 by the musical, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Sundblad, who is also head of TNCC’s Music Department, said the 2010 project was solely produced by TNCC.

This year’s musical production ties directly into the expanding Performing Arts program at TNCC, noted Beasley, who is also an English instructor and has worked in TNCC theater since its early days. Several actors performing in the play are students in a recently added acting class taught by faculty member Sandra Calderon-Garza and some crew members are students in a stage craft course that Sanders teaches.

“Our Performing Arts program is really growing. There is increasing interest in us by the local cultural arts community and even area schools, so productions like this help build good relations. The arts community has been really supportive; and we’ve had students from Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, Old Dominion University and others participating in our productions,” said Beasley.

For more information about “Cinderella,” call the MTCA theater office at 825-2779. For details about the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, or TNCC’s Performing Arts program, visit www.tncc.edu.



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