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Peoria Players Theatre
November 13-15 & 18-22

By Erika Evans

A fairytale is supposed to be light and fun, and Cinderella at Peoria Players Theatre was no exception. The exciting atmosphere started with the audience. While this is a show where children are welcome to dress up as the soon-to-be princess, Peoria Players helped by selling magical wands that could be waved to help the Fairy Godmother work some magic.

She is the first one you see, the Fairy Godmother. Clothed in a beautiful silver gown and wand in hand she will make you believe that her powers are real instantly. Quickly she transports you into a world of longing and dreams bigger than anyone hopes to imagine. The stage is quickly transformed into a busy village square where all sorts of people mill about, and of course, one in particular catches your eye right away. Later in the show the real skill of the technical crew is shown. A royal castle is supposed to be grand, but Peoria Players really impresses with the lengths they went to to enhance one of the most important parts of the musical, the royal ball!

Cinderella (Mary Rose Williams) gave a wonderful performance, a gentle and kind soul with a gorgeous voice. Her true love, Prince (Tyler Smith) was bold and dashing in character and performance but a little timid in his vocals. Lionel (Colin Evers) was an excellent counterpart to the prince, showing the humorous and more obvious reactions that most people would have to the situations he encounters. Fairy Godmother (Anita Rowden) commands the stage, all eyes were definitely mesmerized by her. Stepmother (Lisa Burnett) was evil and downright repulsive, showing that she did her job very nicely! Grace (Katy Hawley Ailshie) and Joy (Susan Hazzard) the evil stepsisters, were a fantastic comedic team. Playing off each other with annoying voices, actions, and reactions, they were extremely pleasant to watch. Queen Constantine (Julie Simmons) looked and acted exactly how one pictures a royal mother, showered in sparkles and fabulous clothes as well as an attitude that shows who is really in charge around here. King Maximillian (Bill Barr) adores his wife and is very easy going, but not when it comes to certain obligations. There were many others in the cast, ball dancers, villagers, shoe girls, all of whom did an excellent job.

Overall it was a great show for the whole family! With humor and wonderful life lessons, plus the chance to dress up, I highly recommend this show. Cinderella continues at Peoria Players Theatre November 13-15th and 18-22nd at 7:30pm (the 15th and 22nd will be 2:00pm matinees). Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 dollars for all who are 20 or younger. For more information contact the box office at 309-688-4473 or visit

Posted on November 16, 2015