Mill City Stages New Twist On Classic Princess
Children from the audience will be invited on stage to participate in Mill City Productions' interactive performance of 'Cinderalla Goes Disco.'
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mill City Productions is inviting children to join the interactive performance “Cinderella Goes Disco.”
The performance will sample a plethora of children’s stories including “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty.” The play was written in the 1970s and Director Courtney Shapiro said it is entertaining for both children and parents.
“It is a lot of fun; it cracks me up, and I’ve seen it a million times,” Shapiro said. “I think it is a lot of fun for kids because they get the chance to be on stage, and parents will enjoy it, too, because it is very tongue in cheek.”
Shapiro said that children will be asked to join the performance and become part of the story and show. She said they will be asked to do things such as help Cinderella sweep and act as various objects and characters.
Shapiro said this is the first interactive children’s play MCP has done.
“We have done kids shows in the past ... but this is the first time we have done anything where we ask the kids to come without being prepared, and our actors are ready for whatever happens,” she said.
Shapiro said that because MCP is a community theater, they try to reach out to all aspects of the community. She said people of all ages act in MCP productions, and “Cinderella Goes Disco” is an attempt to introduce children to acting.
“It really helps get kids involved in theater if they don’t have the time to actually be in a play,” Shapiro said.” “We wanted to do something for kids specifically, and we have been trying to do it every year because we really try to have every part of the community involved.”
MCP will have eight performances of "Cinderella Goes Disco." The first round of performances will take place Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m, Saturday, June 14, at 2 and 7 p.m, and Sunday, June 15, at 2 pm. The next lineup of performances is Friday, June 20, at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 21, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 22, at 2 pm.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Performances take place at the MCP Theatre Building 4N at Heritage State Park.