HOMETOWN ENTERTAINMENT: Cinderella, Broadway-style musical, coming to Jefferson Center this weekend

Virginia Children’s Theatre production features dozens of youths from the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas
Young actors from the Roanoke Valley and beyond are part of the Virginia Children's Theatre show
Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 6:06 AM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A young girl, a prince and a lost glass slipper...

The fairy tale “Cinderella” is coming to life on stage at the Jefferson Center, as a production by the Virginia Children’s Theatre this holiday season.

“It’s the classic story that we all know and love. Same characters. Same storyline. Same magic, but it’s a Broadway musical version,” says producing artistic director Brett Roden. “Large dance numbers. Big costumes. Big ensemble singing. It’s really a musical theatre spectacular.”

Roden says this is one of Virginia Children’s Theatre’s largest casts ever.

It features three adult professionals and 37 local youth performers from the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.

That includes Franklin County native Anna Locklear.

She has the iconic role of Cinderella, and knows she has some big glass slippers to fill.

”It’s honestly terrifying, because there’s so much magic involved. If you mess up, the kids are going to know,” says Locklear.

Locklear says to forget the notion of a helpless fairytale maiden.

Her portrayal celebrates Cinderella’s resilience and kindness.

”I think of Cinderella. She’s kind and sweet, but she is very strong, because she deals with the stepsisters and stepmother, and all of that,” says Locklear.

“She’s strong and she’s courageous, but she’s still gentle and kind, and that’s what I want to show the kids is that you can be strong an be kind,” she adds.

You won’t want the clock to strike midnight, without experiencing this timeless show for the whole family.

“I think the special thing about Cinderella is it’s love. It sits in your heart. It’s special. It’s magical. I always say our job as theatre artists is to transform our audience. Make them cry, make them laugh. Make them feel loved and I think that Cinderella will provide that for them,” says Roden.

Here are the details for this weekend’s show at the Jefferson Center.

Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Broadway Version will be in the Shaftman Performance Hall Friday, December 3, at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 4, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sunday, December 5, at 3 p.m.

For a link to tickets, click here.

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