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Sometimes, only a fairy tale will do

Sometimes only a fairytale can sooth the weary heart and help remind us that dreams can come true.

Pagosa Springs Music Boosters will be presenting the story of Cinderella, complete with the enchanting music of the renowned music team, Rodgers and Hammerstein, on stage at Pagosa Springs High School, June 29 and 30, and July 1, 5, 6 and 7.

The story of Cinderella takes us out of the ordinary, into a fantasy land where a bullied and abused orphaned girl taken in by her selfish and cruel stepmother, can be suddenly zapped by a fairy godmother who dresses her in an unbelievably exquisite gown and takes her to the royal ball in a sparkling golden coach complete with coachmen and thoroughbred horses. Oh, and we must not forget the oh-so-comfortable sparkling glass slippers! The ball is filled with the most beautiful maidens in the land, yet Cinderella is the one who turns the head of the prince. The young maiden charms the royal prince and they fall in love within ten minutes, waltzing their way into such bliss that they lose track of time. So, that sounds a little far-fetched? Indeed, it is! But that is what makes a fairytale a fairytale. Fairytales are the stuff of childhood, and remind us older more jaded adults what fun it is to dream.

For this production of “Cinderella,” Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote some of their most delightful music and lyrics. The musical score beautifully portrays the essence of the story and appropriately expresses the charm and sweetness of the young love of the prince and Cinderella (“Ten Minutes Ago I Met You”), the slightly befuddled quirkiness of the fairy godmother (“Fol-De-Rol and Fiddledy-dee”), the comical vain and selfish stepsisters (“Stepsisters’ Lament”), as well as the excitement of the villagers (“The Prince is Giving a Ball”).

Every role in the production is fun and delightful, whether it is that of the leading roles of Cinderella, the wicked stepmother, the hateful stepsisters, and the handsome prince, or supporting roles of the king and queen, the mice, the coachmen, the villagers or the royal steward. The songs are fun to sing, the costumes are fun to wear, and the story is delightful to tell.

Auditions for “Cinderella” will be held April 13 from 2-8 p.m. in the high school band room. If you would like to audition, but cannot be present on that date, please go to the “contact” tab at the website, pagosamusicboosters.org, to set up an alternate time. The volunteer cast is made up of members young and old, from experienced actors and singers to the inexperienced. Even if you have never attempted to be a stage actor, you are invited to come and audition. Give it a try! Music Boosters has “discovered” many talented people over the past 23 years who have come back again and again to be a part of these wonderful musical productions.

Music Boosters is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen youth through the performing arts and adult volunteer mentorship.

Proceeds from the productions are given for scholarships to graduating students majoring in the arts as well as to assist local school arts programs. Music Boosters is a staple of our community, helping countless young people and adults find joy and fulfillment through the arts.

Volunteer opportunities abound in all Music Boosters theater productions, whether on stage as an actor, playing in the pit orchestra, assisting with choreography, working with lights and sound, building sets, selling concessions, selling tickets, or working on advertising and programs. To find out how you can volunteer to be a part of the fun or make a donation to Music Boosters, go to pagosamusicboosters.org.

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