If the shoe fits: 5 reasons to love the SCERA’s presentation of ‘Cinderella’

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Jaymie Lambson is Cinderella (blue dress); Kathryn Little is the Stepmother (black and burgundy dress); McKelle Shaw (pink dress) and Alana Jeffrey (green dress); and Parker Harmon is The Prince.  (Photo by Pete Widfeldt)

Jaymie Lambson is Cinderella (blue dress); Kathryn Little is the Stepmother (black and burgundy dress); McKelle Shaw (pink dress) and Alana Jeffrey (green dress) are the ugly stepsisters; and Parker Harmon is the Prince in the SCERA Outdoor Theatre’s production of “Cinderella.” (Photo by Pete Widfeldt)

OREM — The SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre’s presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” takes you on the road of “once upon a time” and “happily ever after” that is magical, but not in a “folderol and fiddle-dee-dee” manner.

The SCERA takes the popular tale of “Cinderella,” but adds just enough twists to shed a new light on Cinderella and her dysfunctional family.

Here are five reasons we think your whole family will fall in love with the SCERA’s performance of “Cinderella.”

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If you go:

When: 8 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through June 21

Where: SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre, 699 South State Street, Orem

Cost: $12-$16 for adults, $10-$14 for children

Tip: Bring blankets to sit on and a jacket.

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1. The venue

There are no curtains to drawback when the first note comes over the speakers — the set is laid out for everyone to see the moment you step through the gates SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre. Watching a show in the cool night air only adds to the show, especially as the characters spend time in the royal garden. As dusk strikes and the music begins, you’ll feel like you have an invitation to the prince’s ball.

2. The staging

Not only is the colorful set beautiful, but it is entertaining. How can staging be entertaining? Simple, the people become a part of the props. Just imagine being an actor staring into a “mirror,” which is held up by another actor, that doesn’t have its glass. Yes, that would take incredible self-control to not breakdown laughing as you starred into the eyes of your fellow actor. The actors, somehow, don’t even smirk in these encounters.

This doesn’t take away from Set Designer Shawn Mortensen’s incredible talent in creating a set that not only functions as a market and a manor, but also a grand ballroom in a castle.

3. The magic

“It’s possible” that you’ll believe in magic through the pure energy of the performance. From the minute the musical begins, there is an energy burst. Then the magic expands as the actors use the art of misdirection and pop up in the audience seemingly out of nowhere (but, of course, we know better). This  presentation expands the stage and includes the audience with the production.

4. The music

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is a classic that is hard to resist singing along to. No, seriously try. The well-known music combined with the magic already mentioned will have you singing along in your head. (Not out loud — please let the actors do what they practiced to do.)

The ugly stepsisters, who are just annoying enough without going over the top, own the “Sister’s Lament” balancing power and humor.

5. It’s empowering

This representation of Cinderella by Jaymie Lambson isn’t your typical wishy-washy Cinderella that let’s herself get walked all over, though Cinderella still does succumb to her stepmother’s tyranny. Lambson gives a fresh perspective of a sweet, humble girl that doesn’t just wish for the impossible, but is willing to make her dreams a reality. (Don’t worry though, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother is still around to help out.)

The SCERA’s presentation of “Cinderella” is now showing on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through June 21.  Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for children (ages 3-11). Reserved section tickets cost $14-$16 for adults and $12-$14 for children.

Chairs are available for rent, but if you don’t want a chair, it is recommended to bring blankets to sit on.

Don’t miss your chance to try this show on for size.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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