Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is finally opening at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. Originally slated to open in 2020, the show—like so much else—was delayed as the world dealt with the effects of COVID-19. The show is now scheduled for March 10 to April 3, and fans couldn’t be more excited.
“Cinderella” features many classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical numbers that made the interpretation famous. Fans will recognize songs like “In My Own Little Corner” and “Impossible/It’s Possible.”
Rodger and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” Opens in Atlanta
“I am not known as the most patient person, so I held on the best I could. I am proud to announce with anticipation and excitement that—after two years of waiting— Aurora now brings you “Cinderella,” also known as our happily ever after, the Lawrenceville Arts Center,” Ann-Carol Pence, Aurora Theatre Co-Founder said in a statement to the press.
She continued with, “This timeless story is made relevant today by a new more, resilient Ella. We want to make sure that every little girl who comes to see the show feels like a princess because each little child is already royalty. Aurora strives to do that for every woman we meet. The new script by Douglas Carter Beane reminds us of our responsibility to stand up for those who have no voice. Most importantly, it reminds all the bullies, ogres and all-around bad guys that it is time to be kind.”
We chatted with “Cinderella” performer (and Atlanta local) Candy McLellan about her performing arts career and her experience in “Cinderella.”
WT: Can you tell me about your experience with the show and your character?
McLellan: I’m really loving the experience of Cinderella! This is my first musical post-pandemic so it seems so surreal. Every time I walk into rehearsal, I am so grateful to be in a room filled with such talent, passion and fun.
Gabrielle is a bit of a black sheep in the family. She’s shy, smart, awkward and witty. Loves love and loves the possibility of wanting to change the world to make it a better place. She is a lot like Cinderella, which she eventually discovers when they share a secret together and is able to look at Cinderella as a true sister she can trust, unlike her mean Mother and Sister. Gabrielle grows to be more confident and assertive by the end.
WT: What are your favorite under-the-radar spots in Atlanta?
McLellan: My favorite under-the-radar spots in Atlanta are The Beltline, Puttshack and Grant Park.
WT: Where do you bring friends and family when they visit?
McLellan: When my friends and family visit, I actually bring them to Lawrenceville. They have the best square, with some of my favorite restaurants. I could be biased because as an apprentice, I spent my time in the square almost every day, but I love the downtown area.
WT: How has the show undergone any changes in order to account for additional health and safety measures?
McLellan: In the world of Covid, the theatre has a lot of safety measures in place. The cast and crew have to take 3 COVID-19 tests a week, we have to keep our masks on throughout the whole rehearsal period (and yes, it’s very difficult to wear masks while dancing AND singing), and we have multiple sanitizing stations to visit while on break or in between scenes. I definitely feel very safe and well taken care of at the theatre.