Cinderella at the Aronoff Center

Cinderella ShoeThis week I had the opportunity to take my little princess to see Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati.  She was beyond ecstatic.

She has been to many theater productions, but this one was her favorite.  I love that she always has questions about the show.  Questions about the theatrical aspect, not just the plot…are those microphones they are wearing?  Are those puppets?  How did that throne move by itself?  Are there wheels under it?

But, the one question I could not answer…

How did the Fairy Godmother change her rags into that white dress???  Right before our eyes.

I do not know.

This production of Cinderella is a little different. It is entertaining for both adults and kids.  There is humor, dragon slaying, singing and dancing, as well as a sub plot of forbidden romance.  Ella, called Cinderella by her stepmother, lives in the forest with her horrid stepmother and stepsisters.  She does all of the cooking, cleaning and other dirty work of the typical Cinderella. Prince Topher, soon to be King, is trying to figure out how to be king and how to properly rule the land.  Of course, there is a Ball, a lost slipper and a huge search for the owner of the shoe.  But, there are lots of funny twists on the traditional story  that you will surely love. You may even grow to love, or tolerate, the stepsisters.

From the creators of Oklahoma! and The King and I,  Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical TourCinderella0052rwith a contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the most loved moments —the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Audiences are invited to rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

Back to that dress…

As I mentioned, when the Fairy Godmother wove a spell that turned Ella’s dirty brown rags into a gorgeous white fluffy dream dress, I had no idea how she did it.  There was no smoke or hidden panels.  Ella spun around a few times and BAM, she was wearing that beautiful dress and tiara.  And her hair was in a sweet up do.  It was phenomenal.

TourCinderella0138rThen, just when I thought I was watching close enough, the Fairy Godmother did it again right before Ella goes to the royal banquet, in a lovely gold gown.  Again…no idea how that happened.  But, it was awesome.

If you’d like to see Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, you can find more information on the show and order tickets HERE.   The show plays thru January 18th at the Cincinnati Aronoff Center.

Disclaimer: I was provided tickets to the event.  All opinions are my own.

Cinderella: The Unanswered Questions

My mom bought Baby Girl a Cinderella DVD for Christmas.  Baby Girl is a princess through and through.  She was born with two brothers and not a shred of pink in sight.  There were no girly things in our house.  Only brown, blue, trucks and dinosaurs.  She turned that world right on its butt with the wave of her sparkly wand and the swish of her pink purse.  Her nails are always polished, her hair always in a bow and 99% of the time there’s always a tutu on her behind.  So, Cinderella is one of her most favorite movies.

We watch it a lot.

I hear a lot of questions.

Why are those girls fighting? 

Why can’t they share the dress?

Why don’t they like her?

It’s all about those ugly stepsisters.  And, I try not to say “Because they are UGLY and they are jealous!!”  I really don’t know why I hold back.  Because, they are pretty unattractive.  But, I try not to name call.  While I am answering all of her questions, I actually have a couple of my own…and some comments.

Why the glass slipper?  That’s just dangerous!  As we can see in the end, it shatters pretty easily. Why risk running around with a shoe full of blood??  Why not a nice peep toe?  Or satin heel?  A ballet flat?

How is running all over the kingdom letting all the single ladies try on one glass slipper really going to locate that one special gal who stole the prince’s heart?  Is the size really that unique?  Unless it’s my shoe (11 1/2 by the way), I think you’re going to find a lot of ladies that can wear it.

Nice touch naming the cat Lucifer.  Clever.

The name Drizella reminds me of snot.  Or a cold medicine.  That’s not a question…just my thoughts. You’re welcome.

I love Cinderella.  Out of all of the princesses, she is my absolute favorite.  Why?  I love her blue dress.  I love her up-do.  She’s got an awesome castle in the end.  She even looks cute in that scullery maid get up.  She personifies one of my favorite mottos “Modest is hottest” by not showing all of the skin that Ariel does.  I just love her. But, when you listen to a DVD 842 times driving around town in a mini van, some questions just beg to be answered.

If you have an answer, or a thought, please let me know.  Or maybe you have questions.  We can help each other!  Like, why is four year old Caillou still bald?  Why is his dad such a girl?  Why is Team Rocket on Pokemon so darn annoying?  Their names are Jessie and James?  Really?  And, who else was heartbroken when Greg left the Wiggles?  Why do I like the Fresh Beat Band so much? 

Why do I get so involved in cartoons?  I told you…I gave up my glamorous life to do this and I love every minute of it! 

Well, almost every minute.  The minutes not filled with whiny bald cartoon characters and freakishly thin super heroes.  But, even they make it entertaining, so I’m not complaining.