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    ‘Cinderella’ Performances a Perfect Fit

    Combining equal parts magic, true love, talent and hard work with an enlightening dash of an All Things Possible resolve, the cast and crew of “Cinderella” presented three Broadway-worthy productions of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic on the Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus last week.

    Starring Hannah Vincent as Cinderella and Alan Perry as Prince Charming, the musical showcased the acting and singing talents of dozens of middle school entertainers. More than 30 students participated in the show, staged in the Parker Auditorium in the Betsy Lovett Arts Center on the Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus. Students performed a special dress rehearsal on the morning of March 1 for a visiting audience from the Bolles Lower School Whitehurst and Ponte Vedra Campuses, as well as neighboring school, Love Grove Elementary. The shows took center stage for a crowded house on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2.

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    Directed by Michael Fritton, the show was a group effort with Rachel Clifton adding her musical direction expertise and Andy Payne handling sound and lighting.

    Several highlights of the production were the presence of real hens and a bulldog puppy, a surprising Gangnam Style royal dance number, and colorful set design and lighting that took the audience to another time and place. The two evil stepsisters, played by Courtney Bogani and Darden Alexander, were standouts – as was Sarah Kate Levin, whose playful malevolence was palpable from her lively stage performance as Cinderella’s conniving stepmother. Luke Johnson and Megan Arnold showcased their acting talents as the King and Queen while Brittany George played the Fairy Godmother. Alex Pogrebniak, Alex Hastings and Connor Warmuth – cast as the King’s steward and assistants – kept the audience in stiches with their comedic relief throughout the performance.

    The town people and ensemble included: Amelia Still, Asha Anderson, Cole Sterck, Connor Warmuth, Emmy Pearson, Erin Jaeckle, Evan McGehee, Gianni Bermudez, Hollin Hakimian, Isaiah Morris, Kareena Sharma, Leeann Watson, Lillie Brody, Madison Clubb, Mason Kemph, Rachel Johns, Sage Lucas, Wale Onasanya and Zach Johnson.

    The shows took on a particular Broadway vibe thanks to the live music performed by Don Zentz and Dani Zentz, Rachel Clifton and Jeff Tippins. The set, designed and built by Herman McEachin was colorful and whimsical. Costume designer was Jill Arnold and the technical crew included Nick McIntyre, Travis Johns, and Anna Catherine McCrary.

    On the program, Fritton noted the similarities between Cinderella and The Bolles School: “We at Bolles represent many different cultures, with many different stories to tell, but all within the same basic framework. Our students are transformed by the element of ‘magic’ that is Bolles.”

    Upper School

    (Grades 9-12)
    San Jose Campus
    7400 San Jose Boulevard
    Jacksonville, FL 32217
    (904) 733-9292

    Middle School

    (Grades 6-8)
    Bartram Campus
    2264 Bartram Road
    Jacksonville, FL 32207
    (904) 724-8850

    Lower School

    (Grades PreK-5)
    Ponte Vedra Beach Campus
    200 ATP Tour Boulevard
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
    (904) 285-4658

    Lower School

    (Grades PreK-5)
    Whitehurst Campus
    7400 San Jose Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32217
    (904) 733-9292