Children’s Theater Company (CTC) in Minneapolis is a gem – we are so lucky to have such a stellar children’s theater in our own backyard! Last night, my 8-year-old daughter and I went to see the opening of Cinderella. I must confess it isn’t our favorite fairy tale so we were excited to go, but didn’t have too many expectations heading into the experience. That said…this production knocked our socks off!
CTC’s Cinderella takes a contemporary twist on a tired tale and it was sheer delight. From exquisite costumes to gorgeous set design, unexpectedly fun music selections, and wildly wonderful casting that challenges any preconceived notions of the traditionally-portrayed characters, this show is a must-see for all ages. There is something in it for everyone!
We laughed so hard our bellies hurt. We could feel the deep pain of Cinderella not being valued. We had perpetual hope for her to find her place in life beyond the cinders of the fireplace. And then there were moments of awe where you felt the magic surround you. The message was clear: no matter who you are, we are all equal and should be valued. It was HOW this message was delivered that made it so fun and unexpected!
From the moment you step into the lobby to throughout the performance, the experience is interactive and engaging. You will find yourself in a dance party and jumping out of your seat yelling….and watch out for flying objects. Get there a little early so you have time to hang out in the lobby where you can write a letter the The Stepmother (which may be incorporated into the show) and spend some time coloring your own costume design.
Both my daughter and I left wanting more. She said on the way home “Those actors should be famous! It brought me joy!” And I can’t agree more. We came home, telling the boys in our family that they would have loved it, too! If you are looking for a fun family holiday experience…look no further. You won’t want to miss Cinderella…don’t wait till the 11th hour to get your tickets…they are much harder to buy when you turn back into a pumpkin.
Cinderella is playing at the Children’s Theatre Company from November 3, 2019 through January 5, 2020. The show is 2 hours long and includes one intermission. It is meant for children of all ages and would make an amazing holiday experience gift for the littles in your life!