Saturday, February 12, 2011

Are you dreaming I'm about to kiss you?

Bethel did Cinderella this weekend. I went twice.

So prince Christopher Rupert mumble mumble Carl Alexander Francois Reginald Lancelot Herman Gregory James sings his love to Cinderella and she walks off a few steps, looking troubled. He says, "I suppose it's not a good sign if you tell someone you love them and they don't say anything," and she says, "I'm afraid that if I say anything I'll wake up," and then he replies with the post title. These may be paraphrased.

Anyway, I think there are better ways it could have been handled. Especially since the actor who played the prince looks just young to me. Last fall he played a boy about thirteen and that was actually about right.

It's decidedly weirder to know the actors as almost peers. (Most of them are at least Sophomores, so I still feel a bit young next to them.) I ended up enjoying it a lot because of knowing them and being happy that they were doing so well, but it was hard to romanticize it like I've always done with the musicals when I was younger. Partially because I don't totally love this musical. It's just kind of light and fluffy. The bad people are silly. There's not much conflict. You know exactly how it's going to end.

Can you tell I'm procrastinating on my homework? I'm rambling.


  1. The local high school did Cinderella in the fall. First time I'd seen it performed, and I found it horribly sappy.
    The best part about Stoughton's production was that the Evil Stepmother was actually played by a guy in drag, which was hilarious.

    Still, I don't think it's a very good musical, though I might have liked it when I was much younger.

  2. Yeah; well, I think it's perhaps a case of something being written down for children.

    In the professional London stage productions, the Stepsisters were played by men in drag.