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'Cinderella's Christmas' soon on Symphony Hall stage

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

Who doesn't like the fairytale Cinderella? What if Cinderella goes to a Christmas Ball instead? Prince Charming must announce his new bride Christmas Eve.

The Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre presents "Cinderella's Christmas," 1 p.m. Nov. 24, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

The actors sing and dance, inviting children from the audience to join the cast on stage at the Christmas Ball.

Says Jamie Dellorco, who plays the Evil Stepsister, of her role in the two-act musical, "It's tons of fun," wearing a large nose and a lot of makeup, and attempting to force her foot into a sparkly slipper.

David G. Payton wrote, including score and lyrics, and directs the original production. Kaleidoscope, based in Cranston, R. I., has performed for the past 35 years. "Cinderella's Christmas" was first presented in 1983 and will have its Lehigh Valley premiere at Symphony Hall.

The company performs various productions, predominantly in the New England area, touring schools to raise awareness about peer pressure and drug abuse. They go to the heart of the problem and explain it with drama, comedy, song and dance. During the summer, Kaleidoscope tours eight fairytale musicals.

The cast of eight adults and two children includes Jillian Rivers-Keegan (Princess) and Ben Church (Prince Charming). "It's a close-knit cast," Dellorco says.

"Cinderella's Christmas" is adorned with beautiful backdrops and lighting, which sets the stage for magical entertainment for all ages. According to Dellorco, "My father goes to the show even if I'm not performing."

"Cinderella," written by Charles Perrault and first published in 1889, has been translated into many versions all over the world. "Cinderella's Christmas" stays true to the original story, but is set at the most magical time of year, Christmas.

The show is part of Symphony Hall's "Family Series."