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Union High School Performing Arts Company to Present "Cinderella"; Cinderella's Tea on April 2

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The cast of the Union High School Performing Arts Company's production of Cinderella Credits: UHSPAC
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UNION, NJ – The Union High School Performing Arts Company (UHSPAC) will be performing Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic fairy tale ‘Cinderella’ this spring.

Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, this version was watched by over 100 million people.  It was subsequently revived in 1965 starring Leslie Ann Warren and in 1997 starring Brandy and Whitney Houston.  Cinderella officially came to Broadway in 2013.

Performances will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31; Saturday, April 1; Thursday, April 6; Friday, April 7; Saturday, April 8, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 2 and Sunday, April 9, at the Theater at Union High School, 2350 North Third Street.

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Tickets are available by visiting www.uhspac.com.  Regular priced tickets are $15.

Student pricing will be available to all Township of Union Students with a valid Union Township ID.  Student tickets are $10 at any performance, purchased in person. A group rate of $12 will be available for sale to groups of ten or more sold for any one single performance.

Cinderella follows the story of a young girl who is forced to a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother. Dreaming of a better life, and with kindness in her heart, Cinderella trusts in herself and finds out with that belief she can achieve anything she sets her mind to.

“Cinderella is a wonderful story that embodies so many powerful messages, especially this adaptation by Douglas Carter Bean,” said Director James Mosser.  “Cinderella is a kind and optimistic character, despite her horrible circumstances and she uses kindness and joy to fight back instead of revenge. She learns, with the help of her fairy godmother, that if she believes in herself and trusts in her own strength, she can achieve anything. These are lessons that are so important for young people to learn, especially today.”

The show features Paper Mill Rising Star Nominee Crystal Wright in the title role of Cinderella, and NJACT Perry Award Winner Joseph Laurino, Jr. as her prince.  The cast also features Leanne Laurino as Marie/Fairy Godmother, Jason Rivera as the Prime Minister Sebastian, Paper Mill Rising Star Nominee Lisette Serrano as the evil stepmother, and Christopher Erdman as the revolutionary student Jean Michel.  Ashley Phillips and Brianna Rivera take on the roles of Cinderella’s step sisters and Jason Yanto rounds out the cast as the Royal Cryer Lord Pinkleton.

On Sunday, April 2, the UHSPAC will be hosting Cinderella’s Royal Reception, an event perfect for children and adults of all ages, giving guests the chance to dine on the set of Cinderella and the opportunity to meet the cast. With the help of some local Union vendors such as Magic Fountain and Van Goh’s Ear, Cinderella's Royal Reception is a once in a life opportunity. 

“We are so thrilled to be presenting Cinderella this season,” said Choreographer Jennifer Williams.  “It’s the perfect chance to bring our community together through this classic story that has been passed on generation after generation. We are even more excited to host Cinderella’s Royal Reception, which a great way for our young audiences to experience live theater, and get a chance to meet the characters they know and love.”

During the show, there will also be a tricky tray featuring baskets and gifts.  All proceeds from both events are used to sponsor the production as well as educational needs and scholarships for the students.

For more information regarding the events, please visit www.uhspac.com. The Union High School Performing Arts Company continues to remain one of the strongest arts training programs for high school students in the state of New Jersey. The UHSPAC is inclusive of an award winning theater department, a nationally rated instrumental music program, and a top-notch choral music group. The Theater Department has been nominated for over 116 prestigious Paper Mill Rising Star Awards, an event that recognizes excellence in high school theater, similar to the Tony Awards. They have won 28 awards and currently hold the record for the most wins ever by a single show for their 2015 production of Duke Ellington’s ‘Sophisticated Ladies’, winning 9 awards.

“It’s an event that is perfect for the entire family, coming to life on stage in your own backyard,” added Williams.

 

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