Dallas thespians charm in play

High school theater students put on ‘Cinderella Kids,’ opening Friday

Alex Fawcett and Emma Bucher rehearse a scene from “Disney’s Cinderella Kids.”

Photo by Jolene Guzman
Alex Fawcett and Emma Bucher rehearse a scene from “Disney’s Cinderella Kids.”

DALLAS — The advanced theater class at Dallas High School is condensing all the magic of a Disney classic into 30 minutes in its production of “Cinderella Kids.”

A class project, the play will be seen mostly by elementary students in Dallas schools, but three shows are open to the public on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $3 and available at the door.

Cinderella story

What: Disney’s Cinderella Kids.

When: Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 and 7 p.m.

Where: Bollman Auditorium at Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave.

Admission: $3 at the door.

The show packs the music, humor and — of course — ballroom dancing of the movie-length version into the shortened run time. The format will keep even the youngest audience members enthralled.

“It’s suitable for little, little kids,” said Blair Cromwell, the class’ teacher.

She said students in the play pull double duty on the show, with acting responsibilities plus choreography or technical roles.

Students Alex Fawcett (Prince Charming), Emma Bucher (Cinderella) and Jacqueline Buller (Anastasia) say the part they enjoy the most is performing for children.

“It’s so much fun,” Fawcett said. “I’m not Alex. I’m Prince Charming. You’re not Emma, you’re Cinderella. You are these magical characters who they grew up with.”

Cromwell said this is the 31st year DHS has done a production for children in the district.

“I think it’s really fun to inspire the kids because a lot of us were inspired when we saw children’s shows,” Bucher said.

“I remember when I was little, seeing these were just magical and fun,” Buller added.

The costumes, music and dancing in Cinderella no doubt will create that fairytale atmosphere.

“We try to incorporate as many aspects that will keep the kids in awe, like the disco ball and fog machine and my gown,” Bucher said.

Fawcett choreographed the ballroom scene to provide a scene fit for royalty.

“I wanted to keep it simple, but elegant,” he said. “I wanted to keep the focus on me and Emma and further the storyline.”

Expect plenty of interaction, with characters beloved and those theater-goers love to hate having fun with the audience.

“We’re always keeping the humor so it’s never boring, always fun,” Buller said.

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