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‘Cinderella’ set for Alma PAC

<p><strong></strong>photo by GREYLINE CREATIVE</p><p>Laura Pierson of Van Buren portrays Cinderella in the Young Actors Guild’s musical production of “Cinderella,” to be performed at the Alma Performing Arts Center June 12-15.</p>

photo by GREYLINE CREATIVE

Laura Pierson of Van Buren portrays Cinderella in the Young Actors Guild’s musical production of “Cinderella,” to be performed at the Alma Performing Arts Center June 12-15.

<p><strong></strong>Laura Pierson of Van Buren is Cinderella (left) and Aspen Knight of Fort Smith plays the Fairy Godmother in this scene from the Young Actors Guild’s production of “Cinderella.”</p>

Laura Pierson of Van Buren is Cinderella (left) and Aspen Knight of Fort Smith plays the Fairy Godmother in this scene from the Young Actors Guild’s production of “Cinderella.”

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella” will be presented by the Young Actors Guild June 12-15 at the Alma Performing Arts Center.

Fort Smith’s national award winning youth theatre, the Young Actors Guild will perform the magical fairytale of “Cinderella” June 12-13 at 7 p.m., June 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and June 15 at 2 p.m. at the Alma Performing Arts Center, 103 E. Main St. in Alma.

Tickets are $15, and $10 for children 12 and under, and may be purchased online at www.almapac.org or by calling the Alma PAC box office at (479)632-2129.

YAG also will host a “Cinderella Tea Party” for children, to be accompanied by an adult chaperone, at 12:30 p.m. June 14 in the Alma PAC’s Green Room. The event includes tea and treats, a meeting with the show’s characters before the matinee that day, and a sneak peak of the performance, and cost is $8 per child.

More than 65 actors were cast in March from more than eight different area communities including Fort Smith, Van Buren, Alma, Greenwood, Ozark, Rudy, Lavaca and Poteau.

Molly Tennison of Alma is performing the part of Portia, one of the wicked stepsisters, but Tennison said her character is more self-centered than evil.

“If I could describe Portia, the first word I could use to describe her would be ‘valleygirl,’” Tennison said. “She’s vague, kind of dim-witted.”

Tennison is excited to perform the show and feel the energy of the audience, she said.

“We’ve just been putting so much work into the show and I’m ready for it to pay off,” Tennison said. “It’s going to feel like a major accomplishment when we’re able to put it in front of an audience.”

Laura Pierson of Van Buren is Cinderella, and other classic characters are, of course, her stepmother and second stepsister, her Fairy Godmother and the Prince.

“Cinderella” is still on Broadway and will tour in 2015, so the YAG is one of the few children’s theaters who were granted the rights to perform the show.

Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, “Cinderella” was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Written by one of Broadway’s most iconic and successful writing teams, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, “Cinderella” has been produced three times for television audiences starring Julie Andrews, Leslie Ann Warren and pop singer, Brandy.

The Alma show will be directed by Missy Gipson, executive director for the Young Actors Guild. Music is by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

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