Hope Summer Repertory Theatre will continue its 48th season with the world premiere of “Cinderella,” which has been developed through HSRT’s Emerging Artist Initiative, on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the DeWitt Center studio theatre.
There will be additional performances at 1:30 on July 13, 23, 25, 26 and 30, as well as at 10:30 a.m. on July 19. All performances will take place in the studio theatre, located on the ground level of the DeWitt Center.
Based on the beloved fairytale from the Grimms Brothers’ Collection, the company’s premiere production of “Cinderella” includes a book and score written for the actors involved. The book is written by Leonard Banovez, HSRT’s artistic director, with music and lyrics written by Jessica Mcllquham.
“Cinderella” is the first show developed through HSRT’s Emerging Artist Initiative, which is an opportunity for young, adolescent artists to experience working in a professional theatre. In addition to working hard during rehearsals to stage the production, the participants have also each been assigned a professional mentor — a member of the HSRT company that has volunteered their time to get acquainted with a youth. The young actors are also working alongside members of the HSRT company, such as Teresa Cameon (Queen), Trey Deluna (King), Julia Gomez (Wicked Stepmother) and Natalie Mara (Fairy Godmother).
HSRT’s production of “Cinderella” is directed by Benjamin Lohrberg. The creative team includes Alex Thompson as music director, Kylie Mason as the stage manager, Lauren Blair Smith as choreographer, Nils Fritjofsonas as lighting designer, Grace Weir as costume designer, Haruka Iioshi as media and sound designer, and Katie Link as scenic designer.
Individual ticket prices for the show are $10. Tickets and season packages may be purchased either at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be called at 616-395-7890; or the ticket office in the DeWitt Center, which is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (intermission on performance nights) and Saturdays from noon to intermission. Tickets can also be purchased online.
The Anderson-Werkman Financial Center is located at 100 E. Eighth St. in downtown Holland, between College and Columbia avenues. The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue between 10th and 13th streets.