Thursday, September 29, 2011

In the Wings: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Meet Annie Ellis.

Annie Ellis plays The Fairy Godmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
Annie Ellis: I've grown up watching both the Lesley Ann Warren version of Cinderella and the Brandy/Whitney Houston version of Cinderella. They are two of my favorite movies because they're so much fun. Everyone loves the classic Cinderella story, and then you add Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg and it's even better. I really wanted to be part of this.

Q: How would you describe The Fairy Godmother?
A.E.: The Fairy Godmother is very wise and maternal in some ways, but she also makes fun of Cinderella because sometimes Cinderella is foolish and naïve. She also is very loving toward her, and her main goal is to help Cinderella. She wants Cinderella to be happy.

Q: What will an audience most remember or enjoy about Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
A.E.: One of my favorite parts of the show is that two boys, Nate Shumate and Nelson Tilley, are playing the ugly stepsisters. I've heard them sing in their falsetto voices and it is going to be something to remember. I think they're hilarious. It's a very fun show, the tunes are catchy - like "The Stepsisters' Lament" and the duet that Cinderella and I sing, "Impossible."

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella opens Friday, October 7 and runs through Sunday, October 9 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

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