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Cinderella’s special friends

There are a lot of reasons that “Cinderella” is the world’s most told story.  It is the ultimate tale of the “rags to riches” girl and finding out that love really does conquer all. One aspect of this modern version of the story features sensitive animals that help Cinderella cope with her bad situation and sometimes help with her transformation. 

Halifax County High School Theatre Department’s latest production has no shortage of cuddly creatures. A group of young actresses are filling roles that bring light-hearted moments to the play and provide Cinderella’s only support system.

The most active furry figures are a trio of mice played by RaeAnn Inman, Sara Noblin and Ade’ Tate. All three are freshmen who are enjoying their first outings in a high school main stage production. Inman has just completed her first school show as a member of the school’s one act competition team. Her first effort helped the team win the Piedmont District and Conference 16 championships. 

 Inman comes to the stage with credits from Halifax County Middle School competitions and  The Prizery’s summer production of “Oliver.”  She loves her time on stage and is especially happy to be in “Cinderella.” She says that Cinderella is a great role model for young children because she overcomes her difficulties by maintaining a positive attitude and always treating others kindly.

As the third mouse, Sara Noblin is also in her first high school production although she has appeared on The Prizery stage with HCLT, the middle school, and The Prizery’s production of “Annie.”   She also thinks that “Cinderella” is a good choice for children because it tells them that dreams really can come true. She has been putting all of her energy into making her mouse a memorable character.

Filling out the cadre of rodents is Ade’ Tate, who says she loves to be on stage and also enjoys the company of other theatre devotees. She has worked on plays ranging from Little Theatre’s “Jungle Book” to Prizery summer productions of “Cinderella” and last summer’s “Oliver.”

Just to keep the mice on their toes, there is a cat that would rather sleep than hunt. Kaitlynn Hinds brings a lot of cat-like non-energy to her feline counterpart. She notes that the cat Damien would rather eat and sleep than chase mice but that they should keep their distance just in case.

 Hinds appeared in last year’s production of “Snow White” at the high school and is glad to make it back for another show. She especially likes being with a group of students who work together to entertain their audiences. She is looking forward to the applause from the audience when they are pleased with the play.

Finally, Alyssa Wilmouth has taken on the role of the dog Brutus, Cinderella’s pet.  Although this is Wilmouth’s first theatrical involvement, she said, “I have always liked acting, so I decided to try out.”  She says she has enjoyed meeting new people and getting to be in a famous fairy tale. In her spare time, Wilmouth plays Dixie softball and is active in her church youth group.

Those attending “Cinderella” will find a lot to like with these animal characters and will find themselves laughing as well as rooting for Cinderella to find her prince. The show tells the traditional fairy tale with a large dose of laughter. These animal players are a major part of the entertainment. 

 “Cinderella” opens on Friday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the HCHS auditorium. Additional performances are set for March 15 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. All seats are $5.