Randall School students got a special visit recently from the cast of “Cinderella,” who will take the stage in March at Wilmot Union High School.
Dressed in full costume, cast members read the fairy tale and took part in meet-and-greets with young students at the feeder elementary through Wilmot’s Panther Pals program.
The cast and crew, made up of more than 40 students, have been rehearsing since the second week of December, co-director Nora Roberts, an English teacher at Wilmot, said.
“The weather made it impossible to rehearse on numerous days, but, as the Fairy Godmother says, ‘Impossible things are happening every day,’ so we added Saturday rehearsals to the mix and keep moving forward,” Roberts said.
The cast members who traveled to Randall School were Dom Arceo, Erma Dippold, Molly Eisenhauer, Delaney Ott, Kylie Ott, Emma Perrine, Nelson Quarles, Katie Strother, Rowan Suhre and Mason Worklan.
Bowers said Worklan, who plays Jean-Michel, is new to the stage as a senior who did not take any music classes.
“He came into the audition, sang ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ by Frank Sinatra, and blew us away,” Bowers said.
She added that many of the students, including Arceo, cast as the Prince, have juggled multiple extracurricular activities to be part of the production. Arceo was also a member of the football team and just finished the wrestling season.
“Our cast and crew members have balanced work, Key Change, band, National Honor Society, Academic Decathlon, dance, gymnastics, Future Educators of America, Key Club, DECA, the college application process, the ACT, academics and a myriad of other responsibilities while still dedicating 3½ months to this show,” Bowers said.
The magical set will feature major pieces procured from a school in Effingham, Ill., for which the directors drove 13 hours round trip to get.
Other highlights will include a Prince/Princess Luncheon for ages 12 and under at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in advance of the matinee performance and a major dance number choreographed by ensemble members Anna Carroll, Kiley Wharton, Garrett Christiansen and Erma Dippold.
The luncheon costs $15 and includes food, arts and crafts activity, a photo with the cast and admission to the show.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, who must purchase a ticket to the performance. A waiver is required for the luncheon.