Cinderella – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

For a charming fairy tale come to life, look no further than Seven Angels’ current enchanting production of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” by Stage 7 Community Theatre Production until Sunday, August 7. All the magic and joy of a young girls’ dreams coming true are captured in this musical masterwork with original book by Oscar Hammerstein II and new book by Douglas Carter Beane.

Jessica Irizarry is luminous as Ella, the neglected child who endures a punishing life with a step mother (Cristin Daly) and stepsisters Gabrielle (Marcia Maslo) and Charlotte (Kadie Tolderlund). Magically Crazy Marie (Samantha Rae Bass) transforms into Ella’s Godmother just in time for Ella to attend the Ball given by Prince Topher (Terrence Bogan) where he will find a wife to marry to be his Queen.

The Prince is assisted by Sebastian (Guy Gaudiosi) and Lord Pinkleton (Jimmy Donohue) who strongly influence how the Prince rules his kingdom. Jean-Michel (Michael Newman) vociferously challenges the Prince, proclaiming his subjects are losing their land and their rights. An energetic ensemble of Tori Sperry, Jordan Adams, Norma Jean Lombard, Ella Perrotti, Geno Bascetta, Brooke Owens, Ava Julia, Nicole Thomas and Jason Warner complete the cast, on a set designed by Emily Nichols, costumes coordinated by Mary Caye DeSocio and music directed by Clio Janis.

Will Cinderella find her Prince Charming? Of course, she will. Songs like “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and “The Prince Is Giving a Ball” merrily roll along. “Stepsister’s Lament” is a hoot! This musical is directed by Jimmy Donohue with Marissa Follo Perry serving as co-director and choreographer. For tickets ($29, students $20, 4 pack $99), call Seven Angels Theatre, Plank Road, Hamilton Park, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Watch all the magical musical moments as this classic tale of love lights up the Seven Angels stage, where pumpkins can become coaches, mice can become horses, and a scullery maid can marry her Prince Charming.