FOSTORIA - Students at Fostoria High School are to present the musical, "Cinderella," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center at the school, 1001 Park Ave., Fostoria. In this familiar tale, an ordinary young girl has the courage, not only to dream of a better life for herself, but also to take action in spite of many obstacles to success. In the process, she finds true love.
Although the story is set in the distant past, the challenges of the lead characters are similar to those of contemporary youth.
Having lost her parents, Cinderella is ignored by her step family and left to fend for herself. The news of a ball at the palace presents a chance to escape her humdrum existence, if only for an evening. In contrast, the Prince is dreading the party. His parents have made the plans in hopes he will choose a bride, but selecting her from among all the girls in the kingdom seems overwhelming.
PHOTO BY ROB LEDWEDGE
Mark Sierra as Prince Charming dances with Morgan Bush in the role of Cinderella.
The stepsisters dream about flirting with the prince as Cinderella prepares their garments and jewelry. Step-mother makes sure Cinderella is too busy to get to the ball herself. Although the carriage pulls away without Cinderella, Fairy Godmother arrives to work magic and transport Cinderella to the ball with a warning to leave before the clock strikes midnight.
In the leading roles are Morgan Bush as Cinderella and Mark Sierra as the Prince.
The show is directed and produced by Mrs. Betsy Bellavia, the choral director at Fostoria Junior/Senior High School. She is assisted by Mrs. Laurie Martishius, instructor of English and French at Fostoria. Mr. John Schindler, assistant band director at the high school, is directing the pit band of students and community members.
Tickets are $5 per person. To make reservations, call (419) 436-4110.