December 2015

Impossible things are happening!- Hilton head preparatory school presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s G2K Cinderella

Author: Special to CH2

Glass slippers are so back! G2K Cinderella, a timeless magical fairy tale, reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality and charm, will be presented by the middle school performers of Hilton Head Preparatory School at the school’s Main Street Theatre January 14, 15, 16 with performances at 7 p.m. Originally presented on television in 1957 with Julie Andrews in the title role, the musical was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. The beloved story of a girl who overcomes her circumstances by believing in herself explores themes of self-esteem, resourcefulness and forgiveness. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.

The beautiful score includes the memorable “Impossible,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” as well as the familiar “In My Own Little Corner.” Hilton Head Preparatory School’s production is directed by middle school performing arts director Pamela Capriotti Martin. “It’s a rich, romantic score with many moods explored as the character of Cinderella finds her own voice and turns her impossible dreams into her own happily ever after,” Martin said.

Costumes are under the watchful eye of Kathy McGill with lively choreography under the direction of J. Kathleen Watkins. “Working with younger students is definitely a challenge,” Watkins said. “I’m so impressed with how hard these students work in between athletic practices and carrying a full academic load.” The set design is by Colleen Murray with lighting design by Jonathan Dowbiggen ’06 and prop construction under the watchful eye of Heather Lucier. The sound and set construction is directed by Nick Turturro.

While all of these talented and creative adults support these young performers, students will take the lead backstage. “It’s important for the students to understand that while the magic happens on stage, it isn’t all pixie dust and glitter. There is a tremendous amount of planning and preparation that goes into constructing a set, lighting a stage, constructing a costume—the acting and singing are integral, but this really is a team that needs to work together,” Martin said.

“The students have been working all term to choose the show, help with the props, and learn to work the tech side,” she continued. “While there is no doubt that it is sometimes easier for an adult to accomplish the task, for me, it is all about the learning curve and helping them understand the many interrelated facets in producing something of this magnitude.”

This marks the first time the Prep middle school performers have produced a play in a true theatrical space. “It’s a young and growing program,” said middle school head Darcy Devrnja, “but we believe in supporting creativity in the arts from the youngest student through middle school, and on into our upper school. The arts are front and center at Prep.”

This musical has been adapted for youth performers by Rodger’s and Hammerstein Musical Theatre Library. 

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at hhprep.org or at the door of the Hilton Head Preparatory School Main Street Theatre. For more information, please call/email Bethany Wilkinson (843) 715-8508 or bwilkinson@hhprep.org.

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