SM East’s ‘Cinderella’ will cast a spell on you

Chloë Kerwin as the Fairy Godmother.
Chloë Kerwin as the Fairy Godmother.

People: This is to take nothing away from the burgeoning thespians I attended high school with…but I recall that when they used to put on musicals back in the day, you had a sense that you were watching a high school musical. A very, very good high school musical, to be sure — but a high school musical nevertheless.

Fast forward about 20 years, and it’s as though a troupe of talented off-broadway performers have landed at the high schools in northeast Johnson County. It’s impossible not to be impressed with the levels of professionalism that SM North’s and SM East’s theatre departments bring to the stage.

Which is to say, if you missed SM North’s The Addams Family earlier this month, don’t deny yourself another opportunity to see some of the area’s talented young performers in action.

SM East’s production of Cinderella opened Thursday, and it does not disappoint. There are performances Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Go. You won’t regret it. Go.

Natalie Kaufmann as the Stepmother, Savanna Worthington as Cinderella, and Grace Chisholm and Haley Lynch as the stepsisters.
Natalie Kaufmann as the Stepmother, Savanna Worthington as Cinderella, and Grace Chisholm and Haley Lynch as the stepsisters.
Hannah Eldred as the Queen and Tyler Armer as the King.
Hannah Eldred as the Queen and Tyler Armer as the King.
Villagers gather around to hear the announcement of the ball.
Villagers gather around to hear the announcement of the ball.

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