Lexington Children’s Theatre


        Rodgers and Hammerstein’s

WHO:               Lexington Children’s Theatre                                          

                                               WHAT:           Cinderella

                                                                        By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II  

WHEN:            July 30 at 7:30 pm

                          July 31 at 7:30 pm

                          August 1 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm

                          August 2 at 2:00 pm   

WHERE:         Lexington Children's Theatre Main Stage

       $16.00 for adults, $13.00 for children  

After celebrating its 70th anniversary, Lexington Children’s Theatre wanted to do something new; but then again, the theatre is always looking for new ideas, new talent, and new ways to tell stories.  This year’s 8th Annual Summer Family Musical, a production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, brings many firsts to the Lexington stage, including a new musical director and new stars.  

This will be Caroline Quinio’s first production at LCT.  She is the new musical director, but she definitely has the right qualifications. “I actually come to LCT from a classical music background.  I’ve been playing the piano for 17 years now.”  Quinio is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she received her BA in Architecture and a Music Minor in Piano Performance.  She has accompanied many high school musical theatre departments, so she is well suited to working with young people.  “The cast has been a delight to work with.  I don’t feel like the new person at all – I felt that everyone welcomed me pretty early on, and I definitely feel like part of the family.”  

It is also Anne Meacham ’s first time to Stage Manage a summer family musical.  Though she has been working at LCT as production stage manager for 4 years, she is usually working on other productions during the summer and unable to participate directly in the annual musical.  She is obviously not new to the job– in fact, Meacham is beginning her 10th year of stage management.  She is also no stranger to Cinderella; she was the stage manager for an equity theatre production in Washington , D.C.   When asked about the differences in the two productions, she said, “I like having young people in cast; it creates a more unified stage picture.”  

One of those young people is Jennifer Hicks, who has the title role.  Hicks has participated in five Summer Family Musicals, but never had more than a few lines.  “One of the things that we love is seeing young people who have been in our shows grow up and develop their talent,” says Amie Dunn, the choreographer and co-director.  As Hicks grew to love performing on stage more and more, she started taking voice lessons, knowing it would help her with theatre.  “It’s good to know that all of the hard work has finally paid off.”   

For all of those involved, Cinderella is about trusting your heart and following your dreams.  Those who are involved in their “firsts” are eager to make this production the best it can be.  With all of the energy and excitement, there is no way that the 8th Annual Summer Family Musical will not be an amazing and magical experience for all those who see it.  



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