INA – Tickets to the Rend Lake College fall production of “Cinderella” are for sale. This production will be the first to be held in the college’s newly-remodeled and improved theater. “Cinderella” will run from March 6-8 at 7 p.m. and conclude with a 2 p.m. matinee March 9.
A local leading lady, Brittanie Graham of Woodlawn, will be playing the role of Cinderella. RLC Theatre Director Tracey Webb has assembled a talented cast of RLC students from the surrounding area.
Almost everyone is familiar with this famous fairy tale, which centers on beautiful Cinderella’s dreams of escaping the servitude of her evil step-sisters, Portia and Joy - played by Kelsie Knapp of Pinckneyville and Susan Polbinski of Christopher.
With the help of a little magic from her Fairy Godmother – Monica Lawrence of Christopher – Cinderella is taken away in a pumpkin carriage to a royal ball, where she and the prince – Jay Meagher of Geff – fall in love. However, with the magic spell ending at midnight, the awestruck prince is left only with one of Cinderella’s glass slippers. Undaunted, he searches far and wide for the woman who can wear the slipper.
The Rogers & Hammerstein version of Cinderella has favorite songs like “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and “A Lovely Night.” RLC Music Instructor Sara Alstat is busy whipping the singers into shape. According to Webb, the production will be packed with comedy.
“I’m very pleased with the talent of my cast,” Webb said. “There are a lot of new faces this year and watching them sink their teeth into their roles is exciting. One thing about my performers ... I never get tired of directing the amazing talent that crosses the RLC stage. I think Cinderella is blessed with an awesome cast! I know the public is going to be pleased.”
The public should also be pleased with the new accommodations at the RLC Theater on campus. A recent major renovation has added new, plush carpet; upgraded, more spacious seating; acoustic wall enhancements; a convenient center isle; and a deluxe stage curtain and valance. Work is also underway to repair the thrust of the stage. This feature is a dramatic enhancement to the stage. It allows the orchestra to be hydraulically lifted and lowered as well as improves the audience’s engagement with the play and its performers.
Tickets for “Cinderella” are $12 each and can be purchased through the RLC Box Office. Call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1267/1367/1467.
The following is a complete cast list for RLC’s production of “Cinderella.”
Cinderella - Brittanie Graham of Woodlawn
Prince - Jay Meagher of Geff
Portia - Kelsie Knapp of Pinckneyville
Joy - Susan Polbinski of Christopher
Godmother - Monica Lawrence of Christopher
King - Clinton Cory Garmane (Valier)
Queen - Jessa Poninski of Mt. Vernon
Stepmother - Gretchin Irons of McLeansboro
Herald - Jared Walker of Benton
Chef - Eric Wakefield of Benton
Steward - Hunter Rue of Mt. Vernon
Coachman - Tank Junkins of Woodlawn
Footman - Jacob Learned of Christopher
Minister - Zach Witges of Buckner
Townspeople /Guests at the Ball:
Clumsy Man - Tyler Polley of Christopher
Little Boy - Anthony Pierce of Tamaroa
Father - Chuck Lawrence of Benton
Mother / Woman / Grandma - Rebekah Horn of Mt. Vernon
Daughter / Older Sister - Rachel Besse of Mt. Vernon
First Girl / Younger Sister - Crystal Paige Brown of Ashley
Second Girl / Studious Girl - Raini Reeves of Pinckneyville
Third Girl / Bad Girl - Alex Mandrell of Woodlawn
Kid Sister - Lexy Knox of Woodlawn
Sloppy Girl - Julie Bumpus of Mt. Vernon
King’s Guard / Guest - Derek Wintermann of Ashley
King’s Guard / Guest - Hobie Graham of Mt. Vernon
Townsman / Guest - Justin McCoy of Mt. Vernon
Townsman / Guest - Alexx Brewer of Mt. Vernon
Trumpeter / Guest - Britt Fullerton of Ashley
Trumpeter / Guest - Matt Coble of Mt. Vernon
Director - Tracey Webb
Music Director - Sara Alstat
Choreographer - Jessa Poninski
Production Assistant - Neah Rainwater
Costumer - Chris Chaney