DASHING DUO: Year 5 student Lucy Sill plays Cinderella beside Keeley Duggan as the prince.
DASHING DUO: Year 5 student Lucy Sill plays Cinderella beside Keeley Duggan as the prince. Mike Garry

Musical to charm audience

"IMPOSSIBLE things are happening every day," sings the Fairy Godmother - and impossible things will happen when Coolum State School's young performers bring the timeless tale of Cinderella to life next weekend.

First seen as a television spectacular in 1957, and remade for television in 1965 and 1997, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical spins its own version of the traditional story, woven through with beautiful songs including In My Own Little Corner, Ten Minutes Ago and Impossible.

The performance has been adapted for middle school performers to include some aspects of pantomime, making this classic tale seem as fresh as today.

Even if we know the story by heart, we still will be holding our breath until we are sure that slipper fits.

After weeks of auditions and months of gruelling rehearsals during lunch breaks, after school and on weekends, the 2014 cast of Cinderella is sure to impress.

Cinderella, brilliantly played by Year 5 student Lucy Sill, is an extremely good girl who despite her unpleasant living environment, escapes into her fantasy world where all her hopes and dreams come true.

Along the way we meet the Ugly Stepsisters, their mother, the King and Queen and, of course, the Prince

The Prince and Ugly Stepsisters have been cast in gender opposites, with Keeley Duggan as the dashing Prince, and Isaac Holcroft and Wil Duggan playing it for laughs as the Ugly Stepsisters.

Paris Smith also makes a strong appearance with her role as the stepsisters' mother.

The King and Queen are played royally by Luca Sheehan and Emme Harrison.

The Fairy Godmother (Kirra Dunnett) is the glue that holds the story together.

With her little mice assistants she transforms the Impossible into Possible.

Director Michelle Hewison thanked the "many

wonderful teachers" involved in the production, including assistant director Jo Nix, Julie Hoffman, Megan Grobe, Roz Mackay and Steve Boulden as well as student teachers Ebony Glasgow and Michelle Olsson and grounds keeper Grant Stockton.

"I am so very proud of our second musical production ever at Coolum State School," Ms Hewison said.

"With Oz's success two years ago we have set the bar quite high; we still have people congratulate us on its success.

"I have confidence that the wonderful acting, angelic singing, stage presence and fine detail, which we have paid such close attention to, will have the audience impressed.

"My goal has always been to provide opportunities to students that will give them lifelong memories of their time at school and this again has been the perfect opportunity."

 Tickets can be pre-ordered at the school for performances on Friday, September 5 at 7pm, or on Saturday, September 6 at 2pm and 7pm.

Tickets will also be available at the door.


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