FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Theatre Department Revives the Classic Cinderella
CHICAGO, April 5, 2007 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Theatre presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved fairytale classic, Cinderella, as the conclusion to their 2006-2007 Mainstage Season. Cinderella opens on April 13, 2007 in the Kathleen Mullady Theatre, which is located in Centennial Forum Student Union (1125 W. Loyola Ave) on the University’s Lake Shore Campus. Loyola’s production coincides with the 50th anniversary of the original television broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, starring a young Julie Andrews.
This widely-loved musical explores themes of love and achieving the impossible. Director and department chairperson Sarah Gabel has embraced its fairytale aspect by populating Cinderella’s world with a host of well-known fairytale characters including Little Red Riding Hood; Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater; and the Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker.
“It has been a delight to leave the troubles of this world for the past eight weeks and live in Cinderella’s world where happiness prevails,” says Gabel. “I hope the audience leaves every performance as I have after each rehearsal, with the renewed hope that impossible things are possible and happening everyday.”
The artistic staff for this production includes student Brandon Magid, the first student musical director on the Mainstage in nearly 20 years. Brandon has musically directed numerous studio productions and has worked extensively with Emerald City Productions, Open Eye Productions, and Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, where he is an instructor of musical theatre and musical director for its School of Performing Arts.
Cinderella also marks the first Mainstage production for choreographer Sandra Kauffman. Currently dancing with MOMENTA Performing Arts Company, she has choreographed for both Martha Graham and Doris Humphery. Look for her delightful choreography as the mice turn into horses, and Cinderella and the Prince waltz at the ball.
Cinderella runs from April 13 – 22, 2007, with Thursday through Saturday performances taking place at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2:00 p.m. All tickets are $15, with discounts for Loyola students, faculty, and staff.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.LUC.edu.