Curtain to rise for ‘Cinderella’ at Hampton Middle School

Monday, November 18, 2019 | 12:01 AM


The search for missing glass slippers will be under way at Hampton Middle School this week as students put on their production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

The musical will be performed at the Hampton Middle School auditorium Nov. 21-23 at 7 p.m. There will also be a 1 p.m. show Nov. 23.

Online tickets cost $9 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets at the door cost $8 for adults and $7 for students.

HMS Director Greg Shumaker said this version of “Cinderella” is similar to the 1997 film of the same name starring singers Brandy and Whitney Houston.

“People love Cinderella. It’s the classic that everyone enjoys,” Shumaker said.

The two-act musical will feature the middle school’s own 20-piece orchestra pit for accompaniment, Shumaker said.

Students from grades six through eight will take part in the show, whether on stage, in the pit or as crew. Students “get really excited” in anticipation of the play every year, Shumaker said. Auditions, planning and practices begin at the end of August into September, so they’ve been working hard since school started, he said.

“I get excited at every number. I’m really lucky to get to work with such talented young students. They’re easy to direct,” he said.

Cinderella will be played by Kathleen Milon, an eighth-grader who graced the middle school stage last year as Ti Moune in “Once on this Island, Jr.”

She dressed up as a child as Cinderella so she was hoping for this role.

“I like the play. I think it’s a really fun and a different musical. I love this version and all the acting,” said Milon, 14, who does acting camps, sings in a choir and takes voice lessons.

The Prince will be played by eighth-grader Andrew Kaehely, who’s been part of the fall plays for the past three years. But this is his first year as the main lead.

Though he said he’s looking forward to playing the prince, it’s “more stressful and also more complex” than his previous roles.

Kaehley, 14, said he’s focused on getting all lines and actions straight as “all eyes are on you.”

As his last year in a middle school play before he goes on to high school, he said he’s enjoyed his time with cast and crew.

“It’s like family. We spend so much time with these people,” he said.

Shumaker said they have a “great” costume department that outfitted their actors.

“It’s a great play. The kids are excited. I think it’s going to be great,” he said.

To get online tickets, visit ht-sd.org.