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Eastdale presents Cinderella, The Musical

By Aly Beach/The Oshawa Express

We all know the story. A girl, an evil stepmother, a fairy godmother, a handsome prince and a missing glass slipper. Now, Eastdale Collegiate and Vocational Institute is putting their own spin on a classic fairy tale on May 25 and 26.

Eastdale’s production of Cinderella, The Musical, based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein production, will feature more than 50 Grade 9 to 12 students on-stage, back stage, band and in the pit crew. Performers will be singing with the support of a full band.

“It’s a great family show, people know the story and all the magic,” says Sean Bilmer, Eastdale’s head of French as a second language department, classical languages teacher and the musical’s producer.

This year’s show marks the 40th year for Eastdale’s annual theatre productions, and the work as been ongoing in earnest for some time. The planning process starts in the summer, where Eastdale staff select the show. When the school year starts, staff and students begin constructing the set before the cast is selected in February.

Eastdale’s auditorium can hold up to 650 people. Bilmer says the productions are professional-feeling and imitate a more sophisticated theatre experience.

“It feels like you’re going to a big show in Toronto when you come to one of our musicals,” he says.

The show runs on May 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $10 for children 12 and younger, and can be purchased at the school, located at 265 Harmony Road North in Oshawa.