“Cinderella” actress Tonia Hughes talks preparations for the Ordway production

From The Examiner:

December 13 marks the introduction of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at the Ordway in St. Paul.  As it draws near, a lot of work is going into getting a show of this scale ready for opening night. Local actress Tonia Hughes, who plays the Fairy Godmother, gives us a peek into the preparations.

Originally a television production starring Julie Andrews in 1957, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” has been adapted for the stage and twenty-plus cast members will bring “Cinderella” to the Ordway.  Practice for the opening night takes a lot of hard work and time.  According to Hughes, “Preparation is normally 3-4 weeks of rehearsals. Usually, the cast receives the script prior to the start of rehearsals.  A normal work week is six hours a day with Mondays off. So in a week, we’re committed to 36 hours.”

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