CINDERELLA (Hannah Jolly) has her hands full with her two spoiled stepsisters Henrietta (Sydney Rathner) and Seriphina (Shoana Hunt) in this comedic telling of Cinderella. Photo by Kris Hunt

Entertainment

Sweat and fairy dust brings children’s theatre to town

By May 3, 2011

CINDERELLA (Hannah Jolly) has her hands full with her two spoiled stepsisters Henrietta (Sydney Rathner) and Seriphina (Shoana Hunt) in this comedic telling of Cinderella. Photo by Kris Hunt

It’s a tiny stage, there are no lights or wing space, and the show has to be set up and broken down like it never happened.

And it’s the most fun a theatre company can have.

When Bob Gerould joined the board of the Citrus Heights History and Arts Commission, his fellow commissioners asked him about getting children’s theatre into the area. He had the experience, the know-how and access to staff. They had a lot of suggestions, questions and support. As a result, Bob and Ro Productions will present their popular play “Cinderella” in the historic Citrus Heights Community Clubhouse starting May 8.

“It’s a little like guerilla theatre,” said the play’s director Kris Hunt. “Everything has to be transported in, set up, and ready to go in an hour. We do two shows, then pack it up again.”

The Citrus Heights Community Clubhouse was originally Sylvan School, built in 1862, and one of the first rural schools in Sacramento County.

“Our entire company will work hard to keep the building in great shape while we are allowed to perform there,” Hunt said

Grants have been written to help with lighting, but until they come through, the show’s technical director Hugh Hall has invented a light-weight low-energy lighting system.

“It gives us a kind of old-fashioned limelight effect on the show,” said Hunt.

Local actors have embraced the challenges and are bringing new life to the beloved script, he added, explaining, “We’re opening with Cinderella because it’s perhaps the most popular script Rosemarie Gerould has written. For your first show you have to open with a bang!”

Bob and Ro Productions presents “Cinderella”  at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays. May 8-22. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at the Citrus Heights Community Clubhouse, 6921 Sylvan Road, Citrus Heights.

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