Saturday, October 1, 2011

In the Wings: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Meet Sydney Cason.

Sydney Cason plays Cinderella 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?
Sydney Cason: I was just getting back from New Zealand - we had been there all of July - and I saw the Facebook message about auditions. I thought, "I'm not doing anything right now." It's also a new director, Lori Portner, so I was looking forward to audition in front of someone new, which is a fun experience. I also really like the Rodgers and Hammerstein version of Cinderella. I think it's got good music.

Q: How would you describe Cinderella?
S.C.: A lot of Cinderellas in other versions tend to be "Woe is me, I can't do anything for myself." One of the beautiful things about the Rodgers and Hammerstein version is that she's more of a go-getter. She still needs the help of other characters like The Fairy Godmother, but she is able to imagine what she wants. Even if she isn't completely empowered to get that, she has the idea and has the start.

Q: What will an audience most remember or enjoy about Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
S.C.: It is a very large cast, which will be striking in the large group numbers, like the opening "The Prince is Giving a Ball," the ball itself, and the wedding at the end. It's also a very good cast, and everyone is well cast and we're all having a lot of fun together. The chemistry between characters is very good as well.

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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