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Contact: David Booth/Michelle Gilbert, NIU School of Theatre and Dance
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October 29, 2008

NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents ‘Cinderella Waltz’

DeKalb — With the not-so-able assistance of her fairy godmother Mother Magee, vaguely familiar character Rosey Snow is about to go on a journey through Cinderville she will never forget.

In the next offering of its 2008-2009 Studio Series season and opening Nov. 6, the NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents “Cinderella Waltz,” playwright Don Nigro’s zany version of the well known Perrault version (1697) of the classic story of “Cinderella.”

To the fairy tale that some researchers claim can be traced to the first century BC, Charles Perrault added pumpkins, a fairy godmother and glass slippers. Nigro added silliness. “It’s a spoof on the original Cinderella with some extra characters,” said NIU associate professor and director of the play, Richard Poole.

Some of these extra characters include a troll that comes out of a well and keeps falling asleep throughout the play, the village idiot and Cinderella’s father, who likes touching girls. Cinderella’s stepmother in this version of the story is a “pushy broad,” Poole said.

Kerry Shortridge is playing the role of Mother Magee. “There’s a little something in the ginger water,” said Shortridge, stepping into character and speaking in an Irish accent. “It’s a journey to a fractured fairy tale.”

The production will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, through Saturday, Nov. 8 in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre on the NIU DeKalb campus. On Sunday, Nov. 9, the show starts promptly at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and only available at the box office on the night of performance. For more information, call the Stevens Building box office at (815) 753-1600 between 12:30 and 5 p.m. weekdays or one hour before the start of any show.

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