Cinderella at The Grand Theatre: A Hit for families

The prince is giving a ball and you’re invited!

This weekend Little S and I attended Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The Grand Theatre and we had a great time! I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was the first time Little S had attended a live performance. She has been to the movie theatre a couple of times and she’s able to sit through the entire movie. We used this as an indication that she’d be able to make it through the performance at The Grand.

Cinderella is an excellent production and boasts colourful sets, interesting costumes and catchy music. For the first 20 minutes Little S was on the edge of her seat, enthralled with all that was going on. I could tell that she loved all that she was seeing.

 After the first 20 minutes she started to ask questions such as ‘Why is Cinderella’s hair brown?’ and ‘Where is the prince?’ You see the production is what I call a modernized version of the classic Disney tale. While the basis of the story remains the same, there are many contemporary changes.

You won’t find the classic songs like “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” or “Once Upon A Dream”; instead the show is filled with light-hearted, uppity originals like “The Prince Is Giving A Ball” and “Impossible”. While some things are different, others are the same. You’ll see the step mother and the step sisters who are actually funnier than mean.  And you’ll see the prince (or at least his parents) in search of the perfect wife.

After intermission, Little S was a little more reluctant to stay in her seat, but this is not because she wasn’t interested in the show. First, she just turned four so her attention span isn’t quite that of say a seven-year old. Second, she’s a singer and dancer at heart and wanted to join in. Thankfully we had an aisle seat so she was able to stand next to me and dance around. It seemed suitable as she didn’t disturb anyone.

A MUST SEE!

Cinderella is playing at The Grand Theatre until December 31, 2011. My recommendation is that this production is a must-see for adults, children and families alike. If your toddler (age 3+) has a good attention span and loves classic tales like Cinderella, this show is right for you.

If you’re a little unsure, I highly suggest getting an aisle seat so you have a little more flexibility and room to move. Anyone aged four and up is sure to love the show. And if you don’t have children, don’t shy away. The theatre was filled equally with adults and children and the play has quite a few adult-type anecdotes.

SOUVENIERS

Be sure to visit the boutique on the second level of The Grand Theatre. You’ll find very reasonably priced princess tiaras, a Cinderella Barbie doll and Christmas ornaments filled with actual fabric from the production’s costumes.

TICKETS

Visit grandtheatre.com to book tickets. And don’t forget you can enter to win Royal Box Seats for a family of four. Contest is open until December 11, 2011 11:59 pm. Visit grandtheatre.com for details.

Enjoy the show!

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