‘Cinderella’ to enchant on Savoy stage in May

Rachael Saunders as Cinderella
Rachael Saunders as Cinderella
Image: Greg Everard

Fairytales have been shaping imaginations and capturing hearts for centuries.

Alexander Road High School will be staging its own production of one such tale in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

Under the direction of Greg Everard, known for award-winning shows such as Shrek The Musical, The Crucible and The Addams Family, comes a timeless tale with a twist.

Debbie Everard will assist in musical direction and Chireen Ferreira is the choreographer. Both are well known in the world of musical theatre.

The musical theatre legends of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had an extraordinary 18-year partnership, during which time they created classics such as Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music.

Originally written for television, but later moved to the stage, the classic tale of Cinderella was transformed into a modern, 2013 Broadway retelling focusing on a variety of new characters, such as a revolutionary and corrupt Lord Protector.

Cinderella – to be played by Rachael Saunders in Alexander Road’s production – no longer solely relies on the wave of the Fairy Godmother’s wand, but is encouraged to find the “music” in herself, while the story still retains the original message of dreaming big.

This is Broadway at its best and a production not to be missed, Everard promises.

The magic of the tale will come alive on the Savoy Theatre stage through fantastical sets and colourful costumes.

It will run at 7.30pm from May 1 to 11 at the theatre at the corner of Diaz Road and Collett Street, Adcockvale.

There will also be 2pm matinee shows on May 4 and 11 respectively.

Tickets are on sale at Computicket and Checkers at R95 for evening shows and R75 for the matinees.

Group tickets are R75 for block bookings of 20 or more.