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This show promises to be an unusual blend of contemporary musical theatre, with a nod to Cinderella’s Asian origins. While researching the play, the creative team was surprised to discover that the familiar fairytale they had assumed was Western European appeared over a thousand years ago in China’s Tang Dynasty as Ye Xian, the story of a downtrodden girl who confides in a magical goldfish instead of her fairy godmother. Western audiences are perhaps most familiar with Disney’s 1950 animated classic. But the adaptations and variations of this rags-to-riches story have been retold throughout the ages in places including Ancient Greece, Vietnam, Korea, France, and Germany. The story has also been told in the Arabian One Thousand and One Nights, in oral traditions, onstage, in ballet, in musical theatre, and on film and TV.

This version was created as a star vehicle for Julie Andrews in 1957 and broadcast to the largest television audience (100 million viewers) of the era. The Children’s Theatre of Richmond production will feature Rogers and Hammerstein’s poignant, memorable melodies but will also reflect the story of Ye Xian through design elements: fabric, colour, and symbol. Audiences familiar with asian culture will recognize these references to the heroine who won the heart of a prince with her charming personality and unique beauty.

    

    


 

May 17-25 at the Granville Island Stage

(1585 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC)


 5/17 Fri 7:00pm (Backstage Tour)
5/18 Sat 2:00pm (Backstage Tour)
5/18 Sat 7:00pm (Backstage Tour)
5/19 Sun 2:00pm (Talkback)
5/19 Sun 7:00pm (Talkback)
5/20 Mon 2:00pm (Talkback)
5/24 Fri. 7:00pm (Friday Special)
5/25 Sat 2:00pm (Backstage Tour)
5/25 Sat 7:00pm ( Backstage Tour)

   
Backstage Tour:

20 mins backstage tour for children aged 2-12, photo taking with Cinderella, Prince, carriage and more.


Talkback:
20 mins post-show talking session between young audience aged 2-12 and the creative team.


Friday Special:
Senior aged 65+, children aged 2-12, youth aged 13-18 enter “S15” to receive 15% off.


 

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's G2K Cinderella



Zoey Siewert

Zoey Siewert

Introducing Zoey Siewert as " Cinderella"

Zoey Siewert is an actress, singer and dancer based in Vancouver, BC. She is a member of the new group ACAPOP! by Pentatonix member Scott Hoying, Grammy winning producer Ben Bram, and renowned arranger Shams Ahmed. She recently plays the young lead in a lifetime original movie, and her live performances include playing Ariel in the Little Mermaid CTORA performance, she has sung at Roger's Arena, danced for Goh Ballet's The Nutcracker, and she hosts an educational show on TV about science called Finding Stuff Out on TVO kids and a new upcoming series on the same network. She also voices the character Chelsea on the Universal NBC animated show Nina's World. Other credits include Netflix's Project MC2, Haters Back Off (Miranda Sings), Bravo Network's Imposters, and ABC's Once Upon A Time. She has been nominated for a Leo award for best performance in a children's program and her science show was nominated this year for a Canadian Screen Award for Best non fiction children's series and she is a Joey award winner for Best actress in a comedy series.

 

Maurice Kimball IV

Maurice Kimball IV

Introducing Maurice Kimball IV as “Prince”

Maurice Kimball IV is an actor, singer, and dancer residing in Langley, B.C. He has had the honour of performing as Billy in Billy Elliot The Musical for Colorado’s Evergreen Chorale and as Michael & Billy in Billy Elliot The Musical for Ohio’s Beck Center for the Arts. His other performance credits include Outside the Box (Brother/ensemble) with Traditional Learning Academy, Miracle on 34th Street The Musical (Clerk/ensemble) with Theatre in the Country, Wonderland Musical (White King/ensemble) with Cast & Crew Youth Theatre Society, and Wizard of Oz (Munchkin) with Footlight Theatre Company. A recipient of divisional titles, scholarships, judges’ choice awards, and gold and platinum medals for dance, Maurice studies RAD ballet and other dance genres with Cameron Dance Academy. He also trains in aerial silks and tumbling with Circus Lab. Maurice enjoys playing the piano and making stop action movies. In 2018, he made his directorial debut as the Student Director of TLA’s production The Customer is Always Wrong. He would like to teach theatre and dance to people with disabilities. Maurice is grateful to CTORA for creating this opportunity.


Victoria Kazantseva

Victoria Kazantseva

Introducing Victoria Kazantseva as "Cinderella"

Victoria is 14 years old and was born in Vancouver. She loves the performing arts and is focused on becoming a true triple threat. Victoria takes voice lessons from world renowned opera singer/performer Elena Razlog. She also takes ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, hip hop and international folk dance. She is a Latin dancer who competes in the Under 21 Latin Category. She began rhythmic gymnastics at age four and competed in the Provincial and Western levels. Her film credits include the international award-winning movie The Boat. Last year she danced and sang in Vancouver Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin starring Bolshoi soloist Konstantin Shushakov at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. For Children’s Theatre of Richmond, Victoria played Jasmine in Aladdin Jr. and Ursula in The Little Mermaid Jr.

 

allula dreicer

Alula Dreicer

Introducing Allula Dreicer as " Cinderella"

Alula Dreicer is thrilled to be a part of this musical! Her previous experience includes Flounder in The Little Mermaid Jr. (Children’s Theatre of Richmond) and a town hooligan in The Music Man Jr. (Encore Musical Theatre). In June she will be seen in Encore’s production of Shrek, Jr. Alula has sung with Pneuma Children’s Choir for almost three years. She studies voice with Clinton Stoffberg and Deidre Ayas. She can be heard on Juno-nominated songwriter Will Stroet’s upcoming album. Alula is twelve years old and is in her last year of the Mandarin bilingual program at Annie B. Jamieson Elementary in Vancouver. She is hoping to attend Byng Arts Mini School next year.


Kevin Chen

Kevin Chen

Introducing Kevin Chen as " Prince"

Kevin Chen is an actor and singer who has performed in countless singing competitions. He began studying music at the age of 8 at the Vancouver Academy of Music, won many first place awards during Kiwanisestivals, and got Silver in the Little Mozart competition at Carnegie Hall in New York. He was taught acting at the Gateway Theatre and at the Vancouver Young Actors School. He was part of the Vancouver Bach Choir and sang as a lead. He has acted in Julius Caesar and the Comedy of Errors at Vancouver’s Bard on theBeach, and also in the Steveston Walking Tour Vignettes. Kevin is looking forward to being a part of the production of Cinderella and is thankful for being given the opportunity to act as the Prince.


Ashley Lee

Ashley Lee

Introducing Ashley Lee as "Stepmother"

Vancouver born, Ashley Lee is a passionate 13-year-old singer and actress. Ashley started voice lessons at the age of nine and after numerous vocal exams and competitions, she is in Level 7 of RCM. She won Gold in Kiwanis Fraser Valley International Music Festival in 2016. She also received a Silver in the Little Mozart Competition for singing and was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York in the same year.

Ashley is a members of White Rock Children’s Choir. She worked with Beverley Elliot for acting and now trains with Vancouver Young Actors school. She had also traveled to LA Disney to join their voiceover and singing program.


Jay Botham

Jay Botham

Introducing Jay Botham as Stepmother

Jay is a 15 year old gymnast, dancer, actress and singer, attending Prince of Wales Mini School in Vancouver, BC. Previously, Jay has been a dedicated member of Encore Musical Theatre performing in 5 of their productions; Singing in the Rain (ensemble), Cinderella (ensemble), Anne of Green Gables (Charlie Sloane), The Wizard of Oz (Nikko Chief Flying Monkey) and The Music Man (Tommy Djilas). Currently, Jay volunteers with Encore Musical Theatre helping younger students rehearse for their upcoming show. Jay has also performed in her school musical, Heathers (ensemble). Jay has danced competitively at Westside Dance Centre and The Rhythm Room, taken voice lessons, and done competitive gymnastics training with Kitsilano Gymnastics. She is academically inclined, studies French and Spanish, and has been a finalist at Canada-Wide Science Fair. Jay is very excited to be joining CTORA as the Stepmother in their production of Cinderella! She would like to thank all the crew and cast for making this show possible.

 

Ashley Nardi

Ashley Nardi

Introducing Ashley Nardi as "Joy"

Ashley Nardi, age 11, is thrilled to be joining CTORA this year and to be participating in this production of Cinderella as Joy. She has been enjoying every moment of the adventure so far. Ashley has been a part of Vancouver Performing Stars for years where she has played the lead in many musicals such as: Anne in The Greatest Showman, Edwina in Dear Edwina, Matilda in Matilda and Fiona in Shrek. She has also played roles and been in the ensemble in Busytown, NYC and the Nutcracker. Ashley enjoys dance (Hip Hop, Jazz, and Ballet) and was a part of her school drama club for five years. After school Ashley spends her time with her Girl Guide Unit and singing in Show Choir and in the Spring and Summer can be found in the community preforming at many local events with the Vancouver Performing Stars. Ashley loves drawing, baking, caring for animals, swimming, cycling, golf, cross country running and PIGS!!! Ashley would like to send thanks to VPS and her mentors Rebecca, Chearsy and Katy with a very special shout out to Miss Katy for always being there as we could not be here without her love, care and support.


Jaedon Siewert

Jaedon Siewert

Introducing Jaedon Siewert as " King" in CTORA production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's G2K Cinderella

Jaedon Siewert is an actor, percussionist and young comedian based in Vancouver, BC. He loves telling jokes, and entertaining people. His performance credits include a supporting lead role in the American network UPTV's Christmas Princess, TVO kids Odd Squad & The Giver 150 (which were both Emmy nominated this year), Universal's Aliens Ate My Homework, ABC's Mermaid show Siren and most recently in Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Jaedon played Chef Louis in CTORA's Little Mermaid, and Jaedon has also performed in over 23 commercials on television. He aspires to one day be a comedian on stage and really looks up to The Daily Show host Trevor Noah. Jaedon is a Leo award nominee and three time Joey award winner for his acting roles.

 

Jordin Yewchuk

Jordin Yewchuk

Introducing Jordin Yewchuk as "Herald"

Jordin, 11, is thrilled to join the Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association this year. Jordin has loved performing in Lights Up Musical Theatre productions of Where The Wild Things Are (ensemble), Cinderella Revamped (Grunge/ensemble), and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). Jordin especially enjoyed spooking the audience as Jacob Marley in Al Pichler’s 2018 production of Scrooged. Jordin began voice lessons at the age of 6 with Broadway opera singer/20th Century Fox producer Taylore Fox. She has competed in singing at three Kiwanis music festivals, achieving gold level with all songs and winning “best newcomer” and gold medal awards. Jordin had the opportunity to sing in the Semifinals of this year’s Youth Talent Search BC. Jordin has experience in public speaking, being the youngest finalist on record at her school’s “Speechfest”, and has trained in ballet, jazz and gymnastics.


Karina Bosnjak

Karina Bosnjak

Proud to introduce our amazing Karina Bosnjak as "Dance Captain" for " Cinderella"

Karina is very excited to join Childrens Theatre of Richmond this year to perform in the Rodgers and Hammersteinn's G2K CINDERELLA.

Karina loves being part of dance competitions with Peak Invitational , View Dance , and Dream team, winning Gold and High Silver awards for over 8 years also performing at yearly sold out shows for School of Music and Dance at the Chandos Pattison Theatre as a competitive dancer and leading roles in "Show People " and "Into the Jungle " musical stage .

Karina has acted and been featured in "The Good Doctor " , and the "Man in the High Castle" and extra in "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" , the new "Airborne Disney" movie

Karina loves to teach the little Ballerinas and has also won the "Role Model Award" from her School of Music and Dance out of 1000 performers. She continues to train and thanks all her coaches and agents for all the support and encouragement , Laura McDonald, Emilio Salituro, Miss Yaebin and Miss Jessica.


barbara castano

Barbara Castano

Introducing Barbara Castano as ensemble for "Cinderella"

Barbara Castano is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. She has moved to Vancouver last year with her family. She will soon be 11 years old.

Barbara is a gymnast, model and singer.She is a regional gymnastics competition winner, the lead singer for both of her school and church choir and she has participated at many photoshoots for local magazines and newspapers. Most recently in fall 2018, she participated at the "Premiere" event held in Vancouver, where she was selected among thousands of participants.

Barbara is so excited to join Children's Theatre of Richmond Association this year to be part of the Cinderella Cast!

 


Kia Peter

Kia Peter

Introducing 8-year-old Kia Peter, as one of our four "Little Mice"

Kia is very excited to be a part of this year’s production of “Cinderella”, as put on by the Children’s Theatre of Richmond. She will be playing the part of one of four little mice.
Since very young, Kia has been singing almost non-stop, and now, at 8 years old, has already performed in musicals for 3 years. One musical was entitled “Christmas at the Starlight Theatre”, in which Kia sang a solo with a full orchestra before audiences of about 2000 people in each of the 7 sold-out performances. Recently she entered the Nikkei Japanese Festival’s Talent Search, and made it to the semi-finals. Being upbeat and energetic, Kia is a natural on stage. She loves to perform before an audience - whether singing, acting, or dancing. She also enjoys her vocal lessons, and putting up songs on YouTube.