Stage sets to enchant ‘Cinderella’ audience

Tori Stromberg

Staff Writer

The Tony Award-winning musical “Cinderella” is making its way to Indiana to try to release audiences from reality, if only for a few hours.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Fisher Auditorium.

The night will feel magical with stage sets and transformations that will include all of the classic elements of the story, such as Cinderella’s glass slippers, the pumpkin–turned–carriage and the magical night at the ball, if only until midnight.

“Cinderella” has been highly successful since its inception in 1957, and it is still big on Broadway and in theaters.

Getting such a popular musical to come to IUP was not easy, according to Hank Knerr, executive director for IUP Lively Arts.

“We began discussing this with the touring agency in September 2015,” Knerr said. “Because this is the first year that this production was available to venues such as ours, we put in a request and started negotiating immediately.”

After various negotiations and complex scheduling, the date for the show was confirmed this past March. Considering how big of a production “Cinderella” is for IUP to host, there were some difficulties along the road.

“It’s a big show, and it’s just starting its 2016-17 tour that will take them all over the U.S.,” Knerr said. “That poses a variety of challenges, but with a highly experienced production staff at IUP, we are able to accommodate a wide variety of events in Fisher Auditorium.

“Seeing this award-winning Broadway show gives our students and community one more incredible experience, and at a price far below most other venues on the tour.”

Tickets for “Cinderella” are almost sold out, but can still be purchased at the Hadley Union Building box office on Pratt Drive or by ordering online.

Regular tickets are $44; seniors (60+) are $39; and I-Card holders, students and children can purchase tickets for $20. Groups of 15 or more should contact the Lively Arts office at 724-357-2787.