Evil step ‘sisters’ Mattie (Jeffrey Demoe) and Hattie (Gus Hansen), turn up their noses to the love between Prince Charming (Jake O’Brien) and Cinderella (Danica Goble) while Duke of Verruca (Ian Cambronero) scowls. Cinderella: A Western Musical Comedy comes to the 27th Street Theatre at W.L. Seaton Secondary Jan. 8-12 & 15-19. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

Vernon school performance puts new twist on Cinderella

Seaton students present Cinderella: A Western Musical Jan. 8-19

Vernon’s 27th Street Theatre has rounded up a classic fairy tale with a country twist.

Cinderella: A Western Musical Comedy comes to the W.L. Seaton Secondary Theatre Jan. 8-12 and Jan. 15-19. But first, elementary students at Alexis Park, Harwood, Hillview and Lavington will get a sneak peak of the show Dec. 19 and 20. Thursday also includes a performance for sponsors and former Seaton grads.

“It’s so fun to take a story that everybody knows and make it a little different,” said Director Lana O’Brien of the modern western story and music in an old west town.

Cowboy boots and hats replace the tiaras and glass slippers of the Disney princess story. The castles and estates of Cinderella are also swapped for store fronts more familiar to the North Okanagan.

“It’s Armstrong, that was the inspiration,” said O’Brien, who grew up in the small city north of Vernon and continues to reside there.

Local businesses also star in the show, with sponsored jokes and scenes.

“We still need a hair salon to sponsor us for one of the jokes,” said O’Brien.

The humour continues in the characters, including the ugly step ‘sisters’ Mattie and Hattie, played by Jeffrey Demoe and Gus Hansen, complete in dresses and skirts.

“They’re not drag queens but it’s a panto classic,” said O’Brien of the British pantomime style where the dames come from.

The productions includes approximately 50 students, double cast which means each performance will be a little different.

See also: VSS brings back The Visit

“We call them the sugar cast and the spice cast. They have a ball, kids love it and the audience loves it.”

Audience interaction plays a leading role with the actors, as they boo the villians and cheer on the heroes.

Those wanting to be closer to the set can also take a seat on blanket-covered straw bales on stage.

“So the kids can get up close and personal with the actors,” said O’Brien.

Cinderella: A Western Musical Comedy features the Potato Patch Kids and is choreographed by Aleya Chirkoff.

Those interested in checking out the show are urged to get their tickets before the school closes for Christmas break Friday, Dec. 21.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under, available at Seaton (2702 41st St.) or by calling 250-542-3361, ext. 2227.

Evening shows run nightly at 7 p.m. Jan. 8-12 and Jan. 15-19. There are two matinee shows at 2 p.m. Jan. 12 and 19.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

First win for longtime New Westminster skip

Donna Mychaluk wins BC Senior Women’s Curling crown after five runner-up finishes

Vernon protest draws close to 40 people

Earth Strike Vernon holds peaceful rally in support of Wet’suwet’en people and land

North Okanagan Knights drop playoff preview

Kelowna Chiefs hold on for 3-2 KIJHL victory; best-of-seven series starts Friday in Rutland

Vernon gas station lowers price nearly 20 cents/litre

Super Save Gas at 25th Avenue and 43rd Street selling regular gasoline at $1.09.9

Vernon’s Fulton Maroons fall in Valley final; earn berth to B.C.’s

Princess Margaret Mustangs of Penticton beat Fulton in Senior Boys AA Basketball final

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

First win, fifth win highlight BC Senior Curling finals

Donna Mychaluk wins first title after finishing second five times; Wes Craig takes fifth crown

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

Kelowna Firefighters douse suspicious hedge fire

A 30’ section of cedar hedge burned prompting an RCMP investigation.

Kelowna RCMP make arrest in fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Elijah Beauregard

An 18-year-old woman is in police custody facing a manslughter charge.

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Most Read