EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw-Hartridge School is proud to present its spring musical, Cinderella, from March 3-5. The three-performance run includes 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, March 3-4 and a 3 p.m. matinee finale on March 5. The show promises to be fun for all ages, appealing to young children, students and adults.
“We're very excited about our upcoming run of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. We are hoping children of all ages will get swept up in the magic of this classic story of how the power of believing in true love despite the odds is a worthy endeavor. The students have spent many hours practicing how to dance the waltz and gavotte and are ready to show off their newly developed skills,” said Sharon Byrne, Chair of the W-H Performing Arts Department and Music Director of the show.
This year’s production includes four sets of siblings – Carlin and Kallie Schildge of Westfield, CJ and JJ Stueck of Scotch Plains, Victoria and Alexandra Medley of East Brunswick and Aanandi and Ananya Murlidharan of Edison.
Carlin Schildge will be performing alongside her sister and appearing in her seventh and final W-H stage production. The Schildge sisters also played leading roles in Annie in 2015 and Damn Yankees in 2016.
“It's pretty bittersweet going into tech week knowing this is my last production, but I'm also excited to be ending with such a classic show,” said Carlin, who will portray the Godmother in Cinderella. “I think we have an extremely talented cast and crew this year. The music is sounding really great, the set is awesome, and the costumes are absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to perform everything all put together in front of an audience. It’s going to be a great production and I can't wait for people to see all the hard work we have put into it!”
CJ Stueck, a junior, appears in his third W-H musical and will play the role of the Herald. His brother JJ, a sophomore, works backstage as a member of the stage crew.
Victoria and Alexandra Medley are making their third appearance together in a W-H musical. Victoria, a senior, will play the Mother, and Alexandra, a freshman, is the Studious Girl.
The Murlidharan sisters are appearing in their first W-H musical together. Aanandi, a junior, portrays the role of the Queen, while Ananya, a seventh grader, was cast as one of the townspeople.
Hannah Yates of Piscataway will play the starring role of Cinderella, with Thomas Borner du Cane of Plainfield and Steven Bessette of Scotch Plains cast as the Prince and King, respectively. Other leading players include Aaliah Burney of Sewaren, Priya Golding of North Plainfield and Jaden Dugenio of Branchburg.
Tickets are $10 for adults and senior citizens and $5 for students and children. For more information, contact Sharon Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 754-1882, Ext. 186.