Albert Lea Community Theatre to bring magic to stage in ‘Cinderella’ – Albert Lea Tribune

Albert Lea Neighborhood Theatre to bring magic to stage in ‘Cinderella’

Published 3:09 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Forged of 28 to current preferred children’s story

A ball is coming to the Marion Ross Undertaking Arts Centre, exclusively the King and Queen’s ball when Gordy Handeland delivers “Cinderella” to the phase.

Handeland himself reported he’s watched 4 distinct “Cinderella” flicks, and this a person was closest to the 1965 model starring Lesley Ann Warren as Cinderella, Stuart Damon as the prince and Celeste Holm as the Fairy Godmother.

And Handeland, who experienced never ever directed any style of “Cinderella” show just before, was content to guide.

To be crystal clear, this was not his to start with time directing, nor was it his initial time primary a musical. Handeland’s former operate involves “Uh-Oh, Listed here Comes Xmas,” “Annie” and “Beauty and the Beast,” between other people.

Directing a musical was also distinct than directing a engage in, and moreover the much more repeated singing and dancing, musicals usually demanded more sets. “Cinderella” will characteristic both of those an out of doors and indoor court, the indoor castle, the ballroom and Cinderella’s house.

Casts also tend to be greater, and with 28 cast members this show is no distinctive.

Auditions were being held the third week of April, with rehearsals starting off the week immediately after. Current Albert Lea High University graduate Ava Cunningham plays the title function of Cinderella.

Rachel Cole is Buela, the mom of Portia and Joy. She is also recognized as the evil stepmother to Cinderella.

“She will take pride in her daughters and she’s striving to push them to marry the prince, and also press her own status in the world,” she reported.

Enjoying the stepmother was a familiar role.

“That’s all I’ve ever performed, the harlot, the villain or the mother,” she stated.

Cole has been included in theater since she was 7, when she commenced accomplishing do the job with her father as a way to connect.

Stuart Ness plays the herald.

“The announcer of all factors in the play,” he mentioned. “I get to notify all people there is a ball and give the proclamations, then go locate the woman that suits the shoe.”

In accordance to Ness, the herald will be in the display at diverse moments throughout the participate in.

Ness has been on phase because he was a child in various choruses. He has also worked with ACT in advance of and was part of the Minnesota Pageant Theatre.

Lynn Rothmeier plays equally a horse and townsperson, the place she’ll sing and dance throughout the ballroom scene.

Undertaking is some thing she begun following her daughter, Ellery, was in final year’s musical. And when Ellery was forged into “Cinderella,” she inspired her mother to attempt it.

The mom hopes that apart from the whimsy and romance, persons will be ready to see the comedy.

“I would stimulate anybody who has even remotely imagined about it to test it mainly because it is not as frightening as you believe,” she explained. “Everybody is so pleasant.”

Eileen Ness is the new music director for the display, a familiar — if not recent — part.

“I delight in having the music and the singers, quite a few of whom perhaps have not sung a great deal prior to, and striving to carry the ideal out in them,” she said.

The three-act display runs Thursday to Sunday and June 21-25, with runtime (which include intermissions) believed close to two several hours. Apart from for the Sunday matinee demonstrates at 2 p.m., all periods are at 7:30 p.m. Price is $20 per grownup and $10 for each pupil. Tickets can be ordered by visiting, contacting the box business at 507-377-4371 all through business several hours or contacting 1-877-730-3144.

“It’s just a really feel-fantastic tale,” Handeland stated. “You really don’t have to arrive and imagine and [wonder], ‘Oh, it is going to happen up coming, what’s going to happen next.’

“Just sit back again and loosen up.”



Cinderella: Ava Cunningham

Prince: Angel Hernandez

Godmother: Lisa Sturtz

King: Steve Stoneking

Queen: Evie Cunningham

Stepmother: Rachel Cole

Portia: Risha Lilienthal

Joy: Selah Griffith

Herald: Stuart Ness

Chef: Jon Cochran

Steward: Michelle Supalla

Footman: Aydon Allen

Coachman: Jackson Bighley

Minister: Brian Mattson

Page: Eli Cunningham

Townspeople: Ciera Allen, Haddie Colby, Christy Fuller, Maya Fuller, Aaron Garcia, Samuel Gustafson, Adele Helleksen, Autumn Kinnard, Heidi Kinnard, Elanor Martinez, Charlotte Poppel, Ellery Rothmeier, Lynn Rothmeier

Generation workers:

Director: Gordy Handeland

Audio director: Eileen Nelson Ness

Choreographer: Bridget Halvorson

Specialized director/set designer: Mark Bartleson

Lights designer: Dietrich Poppen

Phase supervisors: Arielle Miller, Kristi White

Production supervisor: Elizabeth Harty

Props, established dressing: Arielle Miller

Makeup: Phil Hanson, Heidi Stoltenberg

Lights and sound technician: Joe Allen

Costumes: Elizabeth Harty, Christy Fuller, Michelle Supalla, Erin Gustafson

Images/videography: Kris Bartley, Jason Howland

Orchestra: Deborah Cooper, Eileen Nelson Ness, Bärli Nugent, Todd Petersen