‘Cinderella’ to delight at Milford High School

Paige Thompson plays the lead character, Ella, left, while Rebecca Wisniewski is the Fairy Godmother in Milford High School’s production of “Cinderella.” The musical, with songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, starts Thursday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

MILFORD — A timeless tale of oppression, triumph and, of course, true love, is set to hit Milford High School’s stage starting Thursday.

Students involved with the Milford Drama Club have worked hard to prepare the classic musical, “Cinderella,” for audiences, while refining their characters and learning new tricks.

“This is the Broadway version of the show that is based on the television film starring Julie Andrews,” said English teacher and theater producer Erica Snyder.

“It is a fun, updated retelling that takes the fairy tale we all know, adds classic Rodgers and Hammerstein music, and mixes it with a more modern spin on the princess.”

“This Cinderella, she’s not like the Disney Cinderella. She has different opinions and she’s more politically involved, actually. And it’s hard to try to convey that and still have the typical Cinderella vibe I would say. So, I hope I can get across how diverse she is because she’s a different character,” said freshman Paige Thompson, who plays the lead role of Ella.

Sophomore Dylan Phillips plays Topher, the prince, alongside Paige.

“The prince is definitely very naïve at the beginning of the show. But by the end of it, he’s become more mature. I hope I can convey that correctly, too,” he said.

Sophomore Dylan Phillips as Topher, the prince, and Paige Thompson, as Ella, share a moment on stage.

The pair have been involved in productions through the high school and Milford Central Academy for several years and know their home stage well.

“I guess around the time we both started doing it at the academy, a year before, they started letting academy kids join the high school productions,” Dylan explained.

“It’s definitely challenging, but it’s a good challenge. I think after all of this is over, I’ve learned something from this, which is always a good thing.”

Dylan and Paige aren’t the only young cast members ready for their new roles.

Other student performers include Mary Jocelyn Argo, Brianna Bailey, Jacob Elliot, Jakob Faulkner, Jesus Gomez, Marlee Lorraine Gray, Kevin-Lee Harding, Anna Hatfield, Raine Hendricks, Abby Lincoln, Caitlyn Maloney, Hadley O’Day, Elizabeth Pierce, Hali Pierce, Logan Redden, Danae Martinez Romualdo, Sienna Tamburo, Aryanna Tangaro, Haley Thompson, Jace Thompson, Isabella Rosa Tyrrell, Mystery Villa, Anastacia Weilenmann, Rebecca Wisniewski and Natalie Zelano.

“I am excited about bringing this story to our stage and presenting some magical moments,” said director Carissa Meiklejohn said.

Performances will take place Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2. Each day will include an evening show at 7 p.m. There will be an afternoon matinee Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 for students 18 or younger, $6 for seniors 60 or older and $8 for all others.

The students and staff involved in the production are confident their performances will reignite the magic hidden inside the story.

“I hope they like it,” Dylan said. “Be prepared for an awesome performance.”

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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