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McNary High School’s upcoming play puts a new twist on a well-known fairytale in a modern-day version of Cinderella

The Celtics will open the school’s production of Cindy Ella’s Going to the Ball, Baby March 15. Additional performances are scheduled March 16-17 and 22-24. Curtain time is 7 p.m. for each show.

Written by Billy St. John, the play is a comedic modern take on Cinderella. Cindy Ella wants nothing more than to go to the prom and dance with Joe Prince. Unfortunately, her stepsisters, Prissy and Missy, have the same idea. Big Mama and her fairy godmother assistants arrive to help get Cindy to the prom and dance with Joe Prince, but he may not be as charming as she hopes.

The play is not all that is new this year. It’s being directed by Willamette University student Gabriel Kenny.

“Working with an outside director has been a plan of mine for a while,” said Dallas Myers, director of McNary’s theater program.  “I wanted the opportunity for my students to work with many different directors.”

The cast includes some veterans to the stage including Melissa Humphries, who plays the modern fairy godmother Big Mamma, and Belladina Starr plays Bluebelle, Big Mamma’s traditional counterpart.  Rudy Trevino, another senior, plays the oh-so-charming role of Joe Prince. Plenty of fresh talent also takes the stage for the spring comedy. Jade Rayner, a sophomore, has taken the title role of Cindy Ella. Gabe Ellmore, also a sophomore, will play the part of Buddy, Joe’s counterpart and best friend.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. For further information, call the school at 503-399-3233.