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Jonathan Dayton’s Spring Musical ‘Cinderella’ Opens Friday

The Fairy Godmother (l) and Cinderella (r) Credits: Chip Dickson
The Carraige Credits: Chip Dickson
The mice Credits: Chip Dickson
Cast Members Credits: Chip Dickson
During rehearsal Credits: Chip Dickson
Crew and cast at rehearsal Credits: Chip Dickson
Cinderella at rehearsal Credits: Chip Dickson
The Fairy Godmother at rehearsal Credits: Chip Dickson
Cast and crew with choreographer working on part of a scene Credits: Chip Dickson
Cast members off stage Credits: Chip Dickson
Credits: Springfield Schools

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – This year’s Jonathan Dayton spring musical production is Cinderella.  The cast includes 30 performers, two stage managers, and 14 crew members. The orchestra is comprised of students, three Jonathan Dayton High School teachers and a few professional musicians.

There are four performances.  The cast is performing two weekends of Cinderella this year, on March 16, 17, 23, 24 at 7 p.m.  That is Friday and Saturday both weekends.  Tickets can be bought online or at the door.  Admission for adults is $12 and for seniors and students it is $8.

Ashley Bauers is the Director and said, “We’ve been in rehearsal since the first week in January, working 5-6 days a week, plus set building every Saturday since the end of January.”

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She added, “We chose Cinderella to showcase a fantastic and talented group of young performers! This is the first year in a long time that the production team chose to make cuts to the auditioning group. It was the largest number of kids who have ever come out of the spring musical and we wanted to honor the higher level of competition. Although it was difficult to cast the show, we are so thrilled with the sound and energy we get to witness each day. We knew this was going to be the first show performed in Halsey Hall that would utilize all of the renovations, so it had to be a family friendly show stopper!”

Part of the rehearsal process and getting ready for opening night has involved the cast performing for younger kids.  They have traveled to the middle and elementary schools in town this week to share a teaser performance with those students.

Bauers said they “…members of the cast were very excited to get those chances to perform.”  She said all “…were excited to welcome Edward V. Walton teacher, Paige Matt, as our choreographer with this production.”

Last year’s spring musical was Legally Blonde.  It had three performances in one weekend.

Besides performing two weekends, an addition this year is a collaboration with the Jonathan Dayton High School Restaurant Club offering a Cinderella themed dinner on Friday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. Come meet Cinderella & her friends before the show Friday March 23.

All tickets are available online at

Tickets can also be bought at the door the nights of the performances starting at 5:30 p.m.

Ms. Bauers travels between the middle school and high school every day to teach her classes.  This is her twelfth year as a music teacher in the Springfield School System.  Two years ago, she was Teacher of the Year at Jonathan Dayton High School.  This year she increased the number of performance groups she works with from two to five.  In Dayton she works with the choir and a new acapella group called the Daytones. In the middle school, she has regular choir, class choir and FMGlee.  In the spring semester she directs the high school musical.  She graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2006 with a degree in Music Education.

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