Fairy tale comes to life on Perham stage Nov. 20-22
Surprises galore await show-goers, as "Cinderella" takes the Perham High School auditorium stage for a three-day run Nov. 20-22.
The annual Perham Community Musical follows the familiar Disney version of the "Cinderella" story, but with some surprise variations. The music is also original, rather than the Disney songs.
More surprises will unfold on stage, with "special effects" by Larry Wankel, and a creative set design by Bonnie Tweeton.
"There will be some magic on stage," said Chuck Johnson, who plays the role of the King, stopping short of revealing any secrets-so the audience will be surprised. One hint: The appearance of the magical carriage will be a scene to watch for.
Longtime community theater director Kevin Kosiak, after a two year break, is back on the scene, coordinating a large cast and crew.
Colorful costumes, somewhat similar to those presented when Perham staged "Beauty and the Beast," were obtained by Kosiak from a professional theater company.
Directing his first orchestra for a Perham musical is school music educator Kurt Hoesley. But that doesn't mean he's a "rookie," as he has been on stage for a dozen shows over the years. He has also directed or assisted in at least six shows previously in his career.
"The music isn't maybe as recognizable as the Disney version, but it has some really beautiful melodies," said Hoesley.
Performance dates are Friday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 22 at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens age 65 and older, and $7 for children and students.
Tickets will be available at the door up until curtain time.
Cast of Characters
Cinderella - Paige Meyer
Prince - Sam Stoll
King - Chuck Johnson
Queen - Bonnie Tweeton
Godmother - Ann Heinis
Stepmother - Sue Fresonke
Portia - Courtney Guck
Joy - Jessica Dreier
Herald - Joseph Ahlfs, Giovanni Garcia
Chef - Chad Hofland, Joseph Ahlfs
Flute - Lisa Winter
Clarinet - Darla Medeck-Johnson
Trumpet - Lina Belar
Horn - Marie Hauge, Mary Fahnlander
Trombone - Russ Kadow
Percussion - Sue Jones
Piano - Russ Bunker
Violin - Abby Kalina, Sam Langlie
Viola - Jordan Berns
Cello - Amber Kalina,
Cello - Andrew Riestenberg
Bass - James Hersch
Lauren Anderson, Maren Anderson
Samantha Dreier, Hope Johnson
Kate Neitzke, Elizabeth Maxwell
Deanna Moenkedick, Dani Nelson
Tais Correa, Janina Magdajz
Abby Nygaard, Anika Thanscheidt
Destiny Mitchell, Callie Wengel
Heather Fones, Isadora Wengel
Diana Oien, Candace Rastedt
Claire Hui-Fang Cheng, Rita Brewer
Annie Johnson, Clayton Anderson
Eleanor Arvig, Kari Cavanagh
James Hersch, Jordan Berns
Dan Cavanagh, Andrew Riestenberg
Sam Stratton, Christian Bueng