Thirteen years ago, East Hampton theater enthusiasts Barbara Mattson and Jayne Freedman joined forces to bring community theater back to their hometown. Their dream was to create an outlet for artists of all ages to come together to present performances to the community. That dream continues to come true as their company, Springs Community Theater, prepares to launch their latest show, “Cinderella: The Tale of the Glass Slipper” at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Friday, October 26. production, producer Ms Mattson and director Ms Freedman pointed out that this is a new iteration of the classic fairy tale and not the Disney version or Rodgers and Hammerstein production that most people are familiar with. .
“We wanted to do the original show, but of course it’s on tour, so we couldn’t,” Ms. Freedman explained.
However, on a snowy day in March, she stumbled upon a YouTube video of an original musical version of the story. After meeting up with co-writer Janet Yates Vogt and emailing her, she immediately got a phone call and emailed the script.
“We hit it off really well and fell in love with the story,” Ms. Freedman said.
Ms Mattson said they chose “Cinderella” in particular because they wanted to put on a show around Halloween that kids and families could enjoy together.
“We ask the little girls to come in their costumes or even the little boys,” she said.
Once again, she explained that this isn’t the “Cinderella” most people know, but that she introduces a few new characters that she hopes audiences enjoy.
“In this one, Cinderella has a best friend who is a rat and her name is Putterman and all the little boys will love and adore her,” Ms. Mattson said.
This version also delves into the origins of the titular glass slipper, asking questions such as: where did it come from? And why is it made of glass?
Ms. Mattson also highlighted how much history remains relevant despite its centuries. With bullying continuing to be a problem in schools, she said Cinderella is a strong role model for children facing victimization in school and other settings.
“The mother-in-law and stepsisters were bullies and we see how Cinderella got away with it,” she said.
“Even though they intimidated her, she still got to see the best things in life. You know how wonderful life can still be even though there are terrible people out there. She always has dreams that she wants to make, and in the end, they come true.
In addition, she sees the character of the fairy godmother as a metaphor for allies in the lives of children, whether they are teachers, friends or parents.
“They can remember when they’re in a bad situation, there are people out there who care about you and will support you,” Ms. Mattson continued. “We’re just hoping to bring some joy to the world right now.”
The show features a small but passionate cast featuring two students from East Hampton High School: Allison Fiorello as Cinderella and Colin Freedman — Ms. Freedman’s son — like the prince.
Ms Mattson and Ms Freedman said they try to give young actors the opportunity to follow their passion for performing as much as possible. That goal includes a scholarship program, which debuted last year and awarded two East Hampton High School students generous scholarships.
“It’s so great to give back to the community,” Ms. Freedman said. “That’s what’s so important about it.”
Looking to the future, the two executives said they would like to bring “Mary Poppins” to Guild Hall and incorporate “steal” actors like they did with “Peter Pan” a few years ago.
In the past, they’ve done everything from classic children’s stories like “The Wizard of Oz” to classic Broadway dishes like “Anything Goes” to classic plays like “Steel Magnolias”. And with each show, they keep growing and gaining more and more followers.
“We are always on the lookout for new people,” noted Ms. Freedman. “Sometimes it’s not a good time for people to audition, and sometimes you know you just have to take what you have, but things work out. Everyone loves community theater.
“Cinderella: The Tale of the Glass Slipper” by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman will be staged at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, from October 26 to November 4. pm plus an additional morning on Saturday, November 3 at 2 p.m. Admission is $ 25, or $ 18 for students and seniors. Call 1-866-811-4111 or visit web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/998717.