My daughter and I were super excited to “get our princess on” last night at Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Des Moines Civic Center. Cinderella is one of our favorite princess stories (my daughter has a Cinderella poster hanging in her room:) Having seen it before, I was eager to see and share this new updated version of our beloved fairytale together. The performance beautifully portrays the classic story we all know and love, while adding a modern twist for new audiences, this is a summer must see for Des Moines families!
This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists. Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including In My Own Little Corner, Impossible/It’s Possible and Ten Minutes Ago, in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.
If you have kiddos that are fans of the Disney animated film and recently released live film, they will notice that the musical is similar, but has a slightly different storyline. In the stage show, the kind and beautiful young Ella lives in the care of her vain stepmother Madame and her two daughters, Charlotte and Gabrielle. Ella’s only friends in the world are the animals in the woods, “crazy Marie” and the revolutionary student Jean-Michel. Meanwhile in another part of the kingdom, Prince Topher is trying to find himself and learn his place in the kingdom. When his scheming advisor Sebastian suggests throwing a ball so the Prince could meet potential brides, Ella and Topher’s different worlds come together.
Cinderella is a perfect show to take kids to and there were a lot in attendance last evening. Colorful costumes, onstage magic and comic performances make this musical a great early Broadway outing for young theater goers. The Civic Center’s website states this show is great for the whole family and is recommended for ages five and up. If you would like to find more information about the show or a few activities for the kids, the show’s website has a great Educational Guide available. The Civic Center will also host two post-show Q&A Sessions on July 15th and 16th, where you can stay after the show and hear directly from cast members.
If you are wondering what you and the kids should wear, people were fairly dressed up. Many girls wore pretty dresses and there were a few dressed up in their princess outfits. Depending on where you park, you may need to walk a ways. I suggest dressing kids in outfits that are comfortable and not too fussy. Even though it’s hot outside, the theatre can be chilly. You may want to bring along a sweater or jacket.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be enchanting the Civic Center for a limited engagement now through July 19th, 2015. The show is two hours and thirty minutes long, including one intermission. If you are looking to purchase some Cinderella merchandise there are several items for sale. Tickets for the show range in price from $35.00-$100.00. All guests require a ticket, regardless of age. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Des Moines Performing Arts box office at (515) 246-2300 or online at http://www.desmoinesperformingarts.org/. Tickets are also available through all Ticketmaster outlets. The Civic Center is located at 221 Walnut Street, Des Moines. For more information, visit http://cinderellaonbroadway.com/.
Are you planning on taking your kids to see Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella?