Pius Players

 

 

Rodgers and Hamerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical.  This contemporary take re-invents the classic tale of a maid-turned-princess with fresh comedy, wit, and satire. With pumpkin, glass slippers, Fairy Godmother and other classic elements intact, it is now Cinderella’s turn to rescue the Prince, reminding us once again that in a cruel world the act that matters most is kindness.  Featuring In My Own Little Corner, Impossible/It's Possible, Ten Minutes Ago and Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?

Cinderella will be directed by Kenneth Beck, a “Big Easy Award” winning performer, choreographer, and director who was recently honored by Nola.com | Times Picayune  as the Best Choreographer of 2016 and Gambit Magazine with a "Big Easy Award" for his work on West Side Story for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society.  Mr. Beck will be joined by musical director, Dr. Donna Cavijo, and technical director, D.J. Galiano. 

 

Cast

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for the show.  We are extremely excited about our cast.  For the cast list, please click the following link:  CAST LIST.

 

On Saturday, May 20th, at 10:00 am we will hold a madatory cast and parent meeting.  Please be sure to attend.  At the meeting we will discuss important inforamtion about the summer production and you can pay you cast fee of $75.  You can also pay your cast fee online at https://squareup.com/store/st-pius-x-players or by clicking on the following link:  CAST FEE.  Sponsorships are also available online.  

Following the cast meeting, we will hold a read thru of the script.  All cast memebers should plan to attend.  

 

Music

There are two ways to listen to the music for the show for rehearsal purposes.  

 

  • The Broadway Cast Recording (with lyrics) may be downloaded directly to play through any mp3 palyer (iTunes, etc.) from the following link:  Broadway Cast Recording

 

  • The Backing Tracks (without lyrics) may be played on your mobile device with the Stage Tracks Mobile App which can be downlaod from the following link:  Backing Tracks.  An authorization code is needed to use the backing tracks, which will be provided at the Cast Meeting and rehearsals.

 

 

Production Schedule

 

Parent Meeting:        May 20 @ 10:00 am

Read Thru:                May 20 @ 10:30 am

Rehearsals:               May 23 – May 30 (Tue and Thu @ 6:30 pm and Sat @ 10 am)

        June 1 – July 1 (Mon, Tue, and Thu @ 6:30 pm and Sat @ 10 am)

        July 6 – July 20 (Mon, Tue, Wed, and Thu @ 6:30 pm and Sat @ 10 am)   

Performances:          July 21 @ 7:30 pm, 22 @ 7:30 pm, and 23 @ 2 pm

       July 27 @ 7:30 pm, 28 @ 7:30 pm and 29 @ 1 pm (tentative) and 7:30 pm

 

The production schdule is tenative and subject to change.

 

Crew and Volunteer

 

It’s expected that all cast members & their families will assist where they are able.  We’ll need help with costumes, set construction, props, publicity, concessions & an assortment of tasks.

 

Sponsorship

 

Thank you for considering sponsoring the St. Pius X Players 2017 summer production.  The mission of the Players is to foster community and family interaction, to provide an opportunity for the expression of creative talents, and to produce a quality theatrical production.  This is only possible with the generous support of our local community.  Please click on the following links to download a Sponsorship Form or to Become a Sponsor by donating online.

 

Character Desriptions

 

Lord Pinkleton: The Lord Chancellor’s right-hand man, he announces royal balls, banquets and even the weather to the villagers.

Ella: Though no one notices her beneath her rags and quiet demeanor, she is opinionated, charismatic, passionate, beautiful and funny.  She courageously challenges the prince to change the policies in his kingdom – and helps him discover who he truly is.

Topher: A misguided and lost prince who longs to do something important with his life. Though brave and heroic, he feels lonely and unfulfilled. Attractive and charming but not a stereotypical ladies man, he is thoughtful, appealing and innocent – with an unforced goofy streak.

Madame: Ella’s selfish stepmother, she is the epitome of vanity and fashion. A ravenous social climber who values wealth, status and material possessions above all else. Unapologetically dismissive and sometimes cruel, Madame schemes her way up the social ladder.

Sebastian: The kingdom’s Lord Chancellor, and though he is Topher’s trusted advisor, he is devious and selfish. Using propaganda and dishonesty, he keeps Topher isolated and in the dark about his kingdom.

Marie: A friend to Ella, and the town’s resident crazy lady and beggar-woman, she is actually a fairy godmother in disguise. Wise, warm, otherworldly and charming, Marie rewards Ella for her kindness by making her dreams a possibility.

Gabrielle: Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame, she is encouraged by her mother and sister to value material wealth and social status, she unenthusiastically joins them in their abrasive behavior. Quietly passionate, empathetic and witty, she is drawn to Ella and Jean-Michel, ironically aware that she doesn’t fit in.

Jean-Michel: A feisty, passionate peasant determined to make a change for the starving class. A firebrand, but lacks authority and isn’t taken seriously as a revolutionary. Has a crush on Gabrielle, though their courtship is forbidden because they are from different social classes.

Charlotte: Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame. Brash, self-centered, materialistic, snooty, loud, sassy and bratty, she has a ridiculously high – but unfounded – opinion of herself. She never passes up an opportunity to be the center of attention.  

 

About the PIUS PLAYERS

 

The St. Pius X Players has been producing quality Musicals for over 20 years. Founded in 1994 by Bob & Nancy Kearney for members and friends of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Lake Vista, the Players has grown over the years to include actors and crewmembers from around the New Orleans area.  Our mission is to share the experience of being part of a live theater production in a family oriented environment.  Our past productions have included: The Lion King (2016), The Little Mermaid, (2015), Peter Pan (2014), Oliver! (2013 and 1995), Seussical the Musical (2012), Bye Bye Birdie (2011), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (2010), My Fair Lady (2009), Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2008), Cinderella (2006), The Sound Of Music (2005), South Pacific (2004), The Wizard of Oz (2003), The Best of Bob (2002), Annie Get Your Gun (2001), Fiddler on the Roof (2000), Annie (1999), The King and I (1998), Night on Broadway (1994), and The Music Man (1994).

 

For additional information you may call (504) 909-6202; email: piusplayers@spxno.org; or visit us online at stpiusxnola.org/pius-players.