Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella: Act II

In the previous post, the exact dates of the show were undetermined, but as of this week we have the tentative dates for the show. Our school’s production of Cinderella is scheduled for the first two weekends of May, so mark your calendars! As I said in  my last post, this one will cover the scenes from act two of the show.

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Act II opens on Charlotte, Cinderella’s step-sister, who is a bit of a mess after the ball. Her and a group of girls who didn’t get to dance with the prince because of Cinderella are pouting and complaining that they are just as pretty and should have gotten to dance in a song called “Stepsister’s Lament.” The word lament means to grieve or to moan, and the two actresses playing Charlotte in our show (Tes DeJaeger and Sophie Starkman) definitely do a great job!

Cinderella hiding from the prince and the royal guard

After “Stepsister’s Lament” the prince is desperate to find Cinderella, but does not yet know her name, so has to follow her carriage. He does this to the song “The Pursuit” until he loses her in the woods. As the prince moves on to continue the search, Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters come home frazzled from the ball. Because her family did not recognize her at the ball, so Cinderella has to pretend that she wasn’t there. She sings a song about what she experienced at the ball, but when her family gets suspicious she plays it off that she only dreamed that a ball would be like that. Then, once Cinderella is left alone with her nicer stepsister, Gabrielle, Gabrielle figures out that it was Cinderella dancing with the prince. Cinderella and Gabrielle share a secret and promise to keep the other’s.

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On the other side of the kingdom, the prince decrees that he will host a banquet in order to find Cinderella. In short, a conflict occurs between Madame (Cinderella’s stepmother) and Gabrielle and she is kicked out of the house. Cinderella goes to the banquet to speak with the prince about what is happening in the kingdom, and he makes a few changes to his rule. At midnight, Cinderella once again runs from the palace, but this time, she leaves her slipper for the prince to find her. He sets up a day where all the maidens in the land come to try on the slipper and if it fits, he will take that girl as his bride. When the day comes, I’ll let you come see what happens in the end.

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