PLAY REVIEW: MCC presents a new side to ‘Cinderella’

Chip, the prince, (Brandon Wethy) has found Ella (Kaleigh Mason),the owner of the glass shoe, the girl he has fallen in like with in Montcalm Comunity College’s drama class production of “Cinderella: The Untold Story.” — Daily News/Lori Hansen

We’ve all heard the story of Cinderella, and we know it ends with Cinderella marrying her prince and living happily ever after.

Montcalm Community College’s Drama Class, however, is presenting “Cinderella: The Untold Story.” The free performance opens Saturday at 2 p.m. with shows also on Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the MCC Barn Theater.

“It is a very dedicated troupe, many who are on the stage for the very first time, but are willing to have some very intensive rehearsals,” said Carolyn Johnson, director and drama class instructor. “They have gone far beyond what was expected of them.”

The play begins with a fairytale wedding between Cinderella and Prince Charming, yet the wedding comes to an abrupt halt when fairy tale fixer O’Reilly, portrayed with confidence by Amanda Hall, interrupts to tell the true, untold story of the girl with the glass slipper.

“I will tell you the strange but true story of the real Cinderella,” she says. “If you bear with me, it will be a lot of fun. First of all, her real name is Ella, and her only friends are two little mice and a rat who live in a hole by the fireplace.”

The real Cinderella just happens to be sitting in the audience and is brought on stage to share her story.

As the Stepsister Nella (Rachel DeLeeuw) and Stepmother (Amanda Wethy) watch, O’Reilly (Amanda Hall) assists the Prince (Brandon Wethy) in placing the glass shoe on Stepsister Della (Isabelle Williams). — Daily News/Lori Hansen

“I wish I could go to the ball, but it would take a fairy godmother to make a wish come true, so all I can do is dream,” said Ella, who is played brightly by Kaleigh Mason.

Prince Charming, who is not so tall or dark or handsome and prefers to go by the name Chip, dances with all the local royalty, princesses like Snow White (Bleu Bunn), Sleeping Beauty (Bridgett Reil) and the Little Mermaid (Samantha Sias), when suddenly a mystery girl appears.

“Do you believe in like at first sight?” asks the Prince (Brandon Wethy) as the couple dances.

After a mushy love scene, conveniently shielded from the audience, the mystery girl has vanished, leaving behind only a glass slipper.

“I will find the foot that fits this shoe and I will marry the rest of her,” the Prince says determinedly.

The fast-paced, 45-minute show includes comical dialogue, quick scene changes, witty humor and would be enjoyed by all ages.

Area elementary or middle schools may book a private performance at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays or Wednesdays by contacting MCC Performing Arts Coordinator Val Vander Mark at valv@montcalm.edu or (989) 328-1218. Contact Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson for more information about the production at cjohnson@montcalm.edu or (989) 328-1248.

If you go …

What: “Cinderella: The Untold Story”

Where: Montcalm Community College’s Barn Theater

When: 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: Free

Cast: O’Reilly, Amanda Hall; Ella, Kaleigh Mason; Fake Cinderella/Rat/Snow White, Ensemble, Bleu Bunn; Fake Prince/Sleeping Beauty/Ensemble, Bridgett Reil; Mouse #1/Little Mermaid/Ensemble, Samantha Sias; Stepmother/Ensemble, Amanda Wethy; Della/Ensemble, Isabelle Williams; Nella/Ensemble, Rachel DeLeeuw; Assistant, Thomas Gann; Chip/Ensemble, Brandon Wethy.

Crew: Carolyn Johnson, director and drama class instructor; Val Vander Mark, producer; Jonathon Heath, tech director

Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.

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