Colchester Community Theatre to present 'Cinderella'

By Jason Harris - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Tue., Jan. 22, 2013
The shoe promoting Colchester Community Theatre's 'Cinderella,' coming Feb. 15-17. Photo by Jason Harris
The shoe promoting Colchester Community Theatre's 'Cinderella,' coming Feb. 15-17. Photo by Jason Harris

The Colchester Community Theatre group, which is sponsored by Colchester Parks and Recreation, will present “Cinderella” over three days in February. Rehearsals for the production started the first week of January. “People still want to see the good old musicals that they’ve grown up with,” said Donna Brown, who is the show’s producer. “We pretty much have done them all.”

This version of “Cinderella” is based on the 1997 teleplay that starred Whitney Houston and Brandy. A few of the songs are a little bit different. This version was a better pick for them than other versions, said Brown.

Over the last few years, the theater group has put on productions of “Anything Goes,” “Annie,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Titanic.” This is the group’s 15th season putting on a production with all volunteers, who number a couple of hundred people.

Calling him a “phenomenal gentlemen,” Brown said that David Tiefenbrunn created a lit-up glass slipper to promote the show on the town green. Tiefenbrunn has created several standout set pieces for other shows, she said, like Belle’s father’s woodcutting invention for “Beauty and the Beast” and an actual tipping Titanic, which made it look like it was sinking.

The people involved in CCT take pride in every aspect of the show, from advertising to choosing the right costumes, Brown said.

“We want to put on a good show,” she said, adding that people have compared their productions to ones they have seen at the Bushnell in Hartford.

The performances will be in Bacon Academy's auditorium on Feb. 15-17. There is an evening show on Friday and Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and a matinee show on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under. Preferred seating tickets are $20, which is limited to 50 seats per show.

“No matter how early we advertise the production and start selling tickets early, people still generally wait until the last minute to get tickets,” Brown said. “We sell out every year.”


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