Virginia Repertory Theatre Announces the Company of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

By | November 9, 2019

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of Rodgers and
Hammmerstein’s Cinderella on Friday, November 29, 2019 at the November
Theatre/Arenstein Stage, 114 West Broad Street. The show will run through Sunday, January 5, One Preview performance will be on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

Before the stroke of midnight, share the magic of fairy godmothers, pumpkin carriages, and glass slippers with every generation of your family at the romantic fairytale, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Enjoy all the beloved tunes, like Ten Minutes Ago and In My Own Little Corner, in this charming and hilarious new production that dazzled Broadway audiences in 2013.

Virginia Rep is thrilled to welcome Quynh-My Luu to Richmond for her Virginia Rep debut as Ella. Luu recently appeared as the Acrobat in Matilda: The Musical at OIney Theatre Center and Rapunzel in Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre. She holds a BA in Musical Theatre from James Madison University. Also new to the Virginia Rep stage, Edward L. Simon joins the company as Prince Topher. Regional credits for Simon include The Bridges of Madison County at Speakeasy Stage Company and A Christmas Carol at Westchester Broadway Theatre. He holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory.

Richmond favorites joining the company include Susan Sanford (Atlantis, Sister Act) as Madame the Wicked Stepmother and Katrinah Carol Lewis (Atlantis, River Ditty) as Marie the Fairy Godmother. Jay O. Millman (West Side Story, God of Carnage), Havy Nguyen (Atlantis, Sister Act), Audra Honaker (The Game’s Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays, Miracle on South
Division Street), Durron Tyre (Atlantis, Sister Act) and Benjamin Lurye (in his Virginia Rep debut) round out the principal cast.

Laine Satterfield will direct the production, after most recently appearing on the November Theatre stage as Judy in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Satterfield directed Virginia Rep’s production of Airline Highway in 2017, and will direct the upcoming production of Small Mouth Sounds, co-produced with Cadence Theatre Company. Choreographer Matthew Couvillon returns to Richmond, after re-creating Jerome Robbins’ original choreography for Virginia Rep’s 2018 production of West Side Story, for which he was awarded an RTCC Award for Special Achievement in Dance. Virginia Rep Music Supervisor Anthony Smith will provide musical direction, after recently musical directing The Wiz and Atlantis.

Brian Barker (A Christmas Story; Saturday, Sunday, Monday) returns to Virginia Rep as Scenic Designer; Jeanne Nugent (RTCC Award Winner for The Wiz, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) will Costume Design; Virginia Rep Master Electrician BJ Wilkinson (Tuck Everlasting, Gentleman’s Guide…) will Lighting Design; and Virginia Rep Audio Visual Supervisor Derek Dumais (Tuck Everlasting, Gentleman’s Guide…) will Sound Design.

The full creative team and cast list is below.
Direction & Design
Direction: Laine Satterfield
Musical Direction: Anthony Smith
Choreography: Matthew Couvillon
Scenic Design: Brian Barker

Costume Design: Jeanne Nugent
Lighting Design: BJ Wilkinson
Sound Design: Derek Dumais
Assistant Direction: Kelsey Schneider
Assistant Choreography: Kate Belleman
Production Stage Management: Jocelyn A. Thompson*
Assistant Stage Management: Luke Robinson*

Cast
Ella: Quynh-My Luu*
Prince Topher: Edward L. Simon
Madame: Susan Sanford*
Marie: Katrinah Carol Lewis
Sebastian: Jay O. Millman
Gabrielle: Havy Nguyen
Charlotte: Audra Honaker
Lord Pinkleton: Benjamin Lurye*
Jean-Michel/Ensemble: Durron Tyre
Ensemble: Mitchell Ashe, John Matthew Flemming,
Lindsay Benson Garrett, Alia Bisharat Glidden,
Danny Hammond, Mallory Keene, Grant Paylor*,
Ariel Richter, Keyah Robinson, Caleb Wade

Youth Ensemble: Elizabeth Rose Cobb, Bella Cox, Madeline Doggett, Terrance Easter, Zach Kenney, Keyara Robinson
Swings: Sharaia Hughes, Guy Liskey

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the U.S.A.

Ticket Information:
Box Office: 804-282-2620
www.virginiarep.org
Full Price Tickets: $36 – $63

Discounted Group Rates and Rush tickets available.
U-Tix for college and high school students $15 are available by phone or in person on the day of show only. Valid Student ID required.

Performance Schedule:
Evening performances at 7:00 p.m. on select Wednesdays and every Thursday and Friday
Evening performances at 8:00 p.m. every Saturday
Matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on select Wednesdays and Saturdays and every Sunday
Matinee performances at 3:00 p.m. on select Saturdays

Accessibility Programs
Audio Described Performances
In collaboration with Virginia Voice, Virginia Rep is pleased to offer Audio Described performances, in which actions, expressions and gestures are described during gaps between dialogue throughout the performance for patrons with low vision or blindness. In addition to live audio description during performances, patrons are also invited to participate in a tactile tour
before the performance. The Audio Described performance for Cinderella will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Induction Loop
The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre is equipped with a state-of the-art induction loop hearing system that is compatible with all telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. A handheld receiver and headphone system is also available free of charge for anyone who is
hearing impaired.

Community Tickets Grant
Virginia Rep is thrilled to offer a free Community Tickets Grant for nonprofit organizations. We encourage all organizations who have a demonstrated need for complimentary tickets to fill out a short application on our website: bit.ly/CommunityTix

Sensory Friendly Performances
Virginia Rep offers sensory friendly performances specifically for patrons with Autism and other sensory or social disabilities. During these select performances, changes will be made in lighting, sound, seating arrangements, and length of performance to create a more welcoming
environment for this audience. A Sensory Friendly performance will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Please see the website for more details: http://va-rep.org/sensory_friendly.html

Parking
Valet parking is available for $8 at all performances and free self-parking is available for patrons within blocks of the theatre. Valet is complimentary for patrons who dine at Max’s on Broad or Tarrant’s Cafe before the show. Valet is no longer located in front of the theatre, and has been moved less than one block away to Jefferson Street.

About Virginia Repertory Theatre
Virginia Repertory Theatre is a regional professional theatre in Richmond, Virginia. With a budget of $5.5 million, four distinct venues, an educational touring arm, and an annual audience over 530,000, Virginia Rep is one of the largest performing arts organizations in Central Virginia.
Virginia Rep stages four seasons annually: the Signature Season at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, Theatre Gym Season in partnership with Cadence Theatre Company, Virginia Rep’s Children’s Season at Willow Lawn, and the Hanover Tavern Season.

Season Sponsors
Altria
The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
The Shubert Foundation
The Virginia Commission for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts

Media Sponsors
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia Public Media

103.7 PLAY
NBC12
Show Sponsor
Atlantic Union Bank
Glass Slipper Sponsor
Saxon Shoes
Supporting Sponsor
Kaplan Voekler Cunningham and Frank PLC

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