Exciting news! You'll now have the opportunity to watch our very own production of Cinderella from the comfort and safety of your own home. Cinderella: The Broadway Musical will be available for streaming November 16-22.
If you loved our Backlot performances, which provided groundbreaking entertainment while allowing you the option to socially distance, you'll cherish this opportunity to watch one of our amazing Renaissance Broadway productions whenever you want. We hope that you'll visit us at the Ren for the live performance, but our streaming option will allow you to watch the show over and over with your family.
Originally written as a televised special in the mid-1950s, it starred Julie Andrews. Our version, which opened on Broadway in 2013, has a vastly rewritten script that retains the magic and tradition of the original story while expanding on themes of finding your voice, self-confidence, and the power of love, compassion, and kindness. It's a story with a strong female character who isn't just a two-dimensional cardboard princess focused on physical beauty, but rather a self-empowered woman whose empathy and determination are the qualities that endear her to the prince.
Miss Ohio 2019, Caroline Grace Williams, stars as Cinderella, with a supporting cast that includes Ryan Shreve, Allyson Mellick, Jaren Baer, Leah Gesouras, Anna Scheurer, Michael Ruehmund, Scott Smith, Kelly Knowlton, George Swarn, Justice Gardner, Zakari Ramos, McKenna Stoffer, Stephanie Hayslip, Bryce Dials, Gavin Hull, Christian Shepherd, Thomas Secrist, David Arvidson, Nykera Gardner, Eryn Hollbaugh, Madalyn Huvler, MacKenzie Leland, Kristin Kaufman, Elli Nickoli, Emma Skaggs, Zavier Alterio, Carter Underwood, Grayden Pierce.
Directed by Michael Thomas, with musical direction by Kelly Knowlton, Choreography by Matti-Lynn Chrisman and Ryan Shreve, technical direction and sound design by Aaron Nicolas, and assistant direction by Nikolas Demers.
The projections and video special effects, created by Ryan Shreve, help provide the magical transformations - a pumpkin into a carriage, a fox, rat, and raccoon into footmen, and a host of always changing/morphing colors, textures, and scenic backgrounds that create a layered three-dimensional setting.
The magical carriage, designed and built by Abe Swanger and set designer Jason Kaufman, used an actual antique horse carriage as its base and is complete with lifelike horse puppetry.
Lightning-fast costume changes by costume designer, Linda Turske, happen right before your eyes, and a jaw-dropping illusion that employs wires, magnets, and drawstrings to change Cinderella from rags to a princess, happens in less than 3 seconds.
Performances for Cinderella: The Broadway Musical are November 13-14 and 20-21 at 8:00 PM, and Nov 15 & 22 at 2:30 PM. The at-home streaming option will run November 16-22, with tickets available for streaming beginning November 1.