UVU partnering with Sundance for ‘Cinderella’ musical
Utah Valley University’s School of the Arts is currently partnering with Sundance Mountain Resort on a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”
This is the 14th time in 15 years that Sundance and UVU have worked together to produce the university’s annual summer musical, previously performing titles such as “The Sound of Music,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Mamma Mia!”
“Cinderella” is a broadway musical adaptation of Charles Perrault’s fairytale by the same name, in which a young woman forced into servitude by an evil stepmother gets to attend a ball and dance with a prince with the help of her fairy godmother.
The musical takes a more comedic approach to the classic Cinderella story, and features some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most well-known songs such as “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”
According to a press release, this collaboration helps UVU students gain experience in a professional theater setting and work with local theater professionals, all while building their resumes.
“The partnership between UVU and Sundance Summer Theatre is a wonderful engaged learning opportunity for our students,” Alex Malone, executive director of The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, stated in the release. “The opportunity for UVU students to work on a professional production of this caliber, at the prestigious and well-known Sundance Mountain Resort is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.”
Five of the musical’s seven leading roles are played by UVU students or alumni, and UVU students and faculty have also contributed to almost every aspect of the production from costume and scene construction to prop management and construction as well as backstage work.
“This is an all-out effort where students and faculty are working together in a unique way, and in a way that promotes real-world learning,” John Newman, UVU theater faculty member and “Cinderella” producer, stated in the release. “It’s one of our biggest productions and one of our most exciting, and I think (audience members) will not be disappointed in what they see.”
“Cinderella” performances began July 21 and will run through Aug. 13 at the Eccles Stage Outdoor Amphitheater with shows beginning at 8 p.m. every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the base of the Sundance Mountain Resort.
Tickets can be purchased on the Sundance website, sundanceresort.com, and range in price from $28-$48. Group sales of 20 or more tickets must be purchased by calling 866-734-4428.