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West Branch will stage ‘Cinderella’

“Cinderella” Cast A: (back row) Kyle Hoopes as the Herald, Jillian Zamarelli as the Fairy Godmother, Jacob Brooks as the King, Julia Zamarelli as The Queen, Macey Stancato as the Stepmother, Amber Caruthers as Stepsister Joy, Danni Harrison as stepsister Portia, (front) Cullen McKay as the Prince and Gabbi Harrison as Cinderella.

Even though most schools are beginning to slowly do stage shows and concerts, it is still a challenge because of current covid restrictions. The music department at West Branch has used the restrictions in a positive manner so that more students are able to learn theater essentials by playing main roles in this spring’s production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

Normally the seating capacity in the auditorium at West Branch is 800 guests. Current Covid restrictions only allow 200 tickets to be sold which is only 25% of the full capacity.

For most musical productions the department produces only three or four performances. The directors of the show have decided to host eight performances to accommodate the normal amount of tickets sold in the past.

Director, John Zamarelli said at that point, “If we are doing a double amount of performances why not double cast the show to feature more of our talented  actors and singers. We can use this pandemic in a positive way, allowing more students to have the opportunity of experiencing a main role in the show.”

Each cast will perform four of the eight shows.

“Cinderella” Cast B: (back row) Kyle Hoopes as the Herald, Kiersten Hofman as the Fairy Godm1other, Jacob Brookes as the King, Morgan Brown as the Queen, Ella Scofinsky as the Stepmother, Hannah Jones as Stepsister Joy, Maddie Davis as Stepsister Portia, (front) Cullen McKay as the Prince and Alaya Kiser as Cinderella.

The play will be staged Wednesday through Sunday. Show dates and times are: 6 p.m. Wednesday (Cast B); 6 p.m. Thursday (Cast A); 7 p.m. Friday (B); noon Saturday (A); 4 p.m. Saturday (B); 8 p.m Saturday (A); 2 p.m. Sunday (A); 7 p.m. Sunday (B).

Adult tickets are $12 and student and senior tickets are $10. Tickets can only be purchased online at wbmusic.org. All seats are reserved and patrons are encouraged to make their reservations as early as possible because several shows are already sold out. Audience members will go through a temperature screening and be expected to wear a mask while watching the performance. Seats are socially distanced with two empty seats between every patron and every other row is masked off.

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