A big disappointment
River City Community Players
My kids and I were left unimpressed with the River City Community Players show Cinderella. I had hoped it would capture the wonderful excitement we have seen with other performances in the area and there was none. Last summer we went to Leavenworth to see Annie and the kids loved it and wanted to go back. This show they fell asleep and instead of a chattering car ride home they were restless and expressed how "dumb" the show was. I thought it was the same director of Annie but I was incorrect and he only did the music.
It wasn't all bad it was just boring. The different people singing were fine but when they weren't singing the dialogue moved along so slow. There was no funny or zany characters like there usually are. I smiled a couple times with the step sisters but that was all.
The look of the stage was also bland. Even my kids saw the fairy godmother walk through the door on the set and when Cinderella asked where did you come from, they spoke right up and told me. I understand community theaters don't have big budgets but could you have made the door less obvious. The rest of the scenery showed no magic in the kingdom. I could say more but I will leave it at very unimpressive.
Some of the costumes were very good and some were just inappropriate a lot of old prom dresses were used for some reason. It was like a mix of modern day and fairytale.
I know people worked very hard on this show and from friends I know how much effort and time the cast puts into it but it is sad to see such a beloved story and musical fall so short on entertaining. I understand community theater is not professional but more care should be put into presenting a show that cost me gas and ticket money. I guess that is why I am writing this because I thought I was taking the kids to see the magical fairy tale of Cinderella but all we got was the Cinderella part.