As the students settle down and prepare themselves for the fall semester, the theatre department begins to arrange for “Cinderella Waltz,” the first play of the fall.
“Cinderella Waltz” was published by Don Nigro. The title may sound familiar but with the onlydifference that it is not the same fairy tale many grew up knowing about. The traditional fairy tale is about a girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.
In just one magical night, She is transformed into a enchanting princess with a beautiful gown provided by her fairy godmother. Then she meets a prince and he falls head over heels for her. The clock strikes midnight and she leaves him bewildered only abandoning her solely, glass slipper.
His one goal is to find her by making every girl in town try on the heel until he finds the perfect fit. He finally finds Cinderella and they live happily ever after.
Nigro’s version is similar, yet very different. His main goal is to break down the common archetype morals that audiences receive from a fairy tale.
“It isn’t your typical fairytale. You learn that sometimes your fantasies are not what you expect and maybe everything you have been seeking has been in front of you all along,” Becky Faulds, director, said.
The open auditions were held Aug. 29 in the Jean Brown Theatre in the Wise Cultural Arts building at 6 p.m.
“The theme for the play shall be Tim Burton meets surrealism. The set, the props, and all the costumes will all be greatly exaggerated. We want to keep it on the edgy side by all means,” Faulds said.
The cast has been chosen and they are anticipating the grand day.
“This is going to be my first play performed in Tyler Junior College and I’m excited,” Hanro Janse Van Rensburg, TJC freshman, said.
He will be playing Prince Alfred who is egocentric and glamorous.
“I will be playing the troll in the play, I am the prince’s servant. I like it because I can be eccentric,” Joseph Scmidt, TJC sophomore, said.
Out of the handful that auditioned unfortunately only a few will get to be part of the exciting experience.
“I’m content with my role I wanted to be the step-mother/evil queen. It gives me the opportunity to show my comedian side,” Ashley McClelland, sophomore, said.
Ticket sales will begin a week prior from the opening date. The box office is located in the Wise Cultural Arts Building. It opens weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The opening dates will be Oct. 4 – 6 and 11 – 16 and all-evening shows will be Friday through Sunday. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. With first Sunday to include a matinee for anyone who wants to catch an early show.
For more information call (903) 510- 2212.