Sawyer Drama will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 at 2 and 7 p.m. The show, written by Douglas Carter Beane, is based on a 1950s live television adaptation of the classic fairytale, the only Rodgers & Hammerstein musical written for TV. The Saugerties production is directed by Alex Hayes, a 2010 Saugerties High School (SHS) graduate, and her mother, SHS business teacher Jackie Hayes. The production includes the talents of 37 high school and junior high students. Rehearsals have been underway since mid-December.
“It’s been really fun,” said senior Sam Waldron, who plays Sebastian, a selfish lord. “I generally consider myself a decent person and it’s interesting to be evil.” On the other hand, senior Nick Perpetua sees himself in his role, Jean-Michel, a revolutionary peasant with a crush on Cinderella’s stepsister, Gabrielle. “It’s very fun,” Perpetua said. “One minute he’s spitting out facts and the next he’s babbling. It’s very entertaining.”
The title role of Cinderella will be played by senior Victoria Robyck. “I’ve never been in a play before,” she said. Describing herself as naturally “shy and quiet,” she said that being in the show has “opened me up and allowed me to express myself differently.”
General admission tickets for “Cinderella” cost $10 and will be available at the door. Tickets for children under age 10 and seniors over age 65 cost $5.