Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella - November 16 - November 19, 2017

Notre Dame Preparatory

  Director's Notes  

The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, The King and I, and of course Cinderella, are just a few Broadway hits by the playwright team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. 


Cinderella, a classic fairy tale, loved by adults and children of all ages, was first brought to life, by Rodgers and Hammerstein, as a live television broadcast, in 1957.  To date, it is the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that was written for television.  While it was subsequently remade for television in 1965 and 1997, and adapted for several stage productions, it wasn't until 2013 that it actually opened on Broadway.  It's debut featured a new book written by Douglas Carter Beane and is what NDP brings to you, the audience, tonight.  The Broadway version stays true to the classic story of a poor, mistreated, orphan girl who marries a prince, but adds some modern twists and turns along the way.  Old favorites like "In My Own Little Corner" and "Stepsister's Lament", along with new ones like, "Me, Who Am I" and "Now Is The Time", are sure to delight and entertain you.  


I've always found the theatre to be a magical place.  It's like stepping into a story where for a short time it engages and transports the audience to another place and time.  The talent and dedication of our cast and crew  has always been amazing, and this year is no exception.  Not only is it a visually beautiful show, but it is also charming and funny.  It is my hope that you will not only rediscover the magic of Cinderella, but find yourself cheering for Jean Michel and shedding a tear at the sheer beauty and message found in "There's Music In You".  


My heartfelt thanks to our producer, Meredith Gifford and co-producers, Jama Lintol and Lisa Macks; our orchestra director, Joe Martin; our choreographer, Allison Kaufmann; our vocal music director, Ellie Carter; our costume chair Jurgita Bendsten; our set design chair Fabian Fregoli; our set construction foreman Kyle Kaufmann; our sound chair Mary Ann Ross; Mr. Michael Sheldon and Avondale High School and finally all the parents that have helped with the show.  It always takes a village and none of it would be possible without all of you.


David Fazzini, Director












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