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Merrillville students find fit with ‘Cinderella’

Updated: April 23, 2013 1:29PM



Merrillville High School will present Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” this weekend at the school’s Reinhart Auditorium.

Originally presented as a televised play starring Julie Andrews in 1957, “Cinderella” was one of the most watched television events of that decade.

Since then it has been produced on television twice, in 1965 featuring Lesley Ann Warren and in 1997 starring Brandy and Whitney Houston. The stage play follows the same story and includes the songs “In My Own Little Corner” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful.”

The cast of the Merrillville High School production features: Kiera Shackelford, LaRae White, Toni Smith, Rebekah Mongold, Hannah Bailey, William Akins, Avery Sameshima, Cassandra Govert, John Irak, Adonis Smith, Ashley Benkert, Demesha Kelly, Cassidy Koontz, Elaija Mayo, LeAnn Powell, Waymon Cruse, David Osorio, ShyVon Williams, Devinte Davis, Jacob Reinhart and Jakqwuan Chandler.

Call 650-5307, Ext. 7012, for reservations or more information.

‘All in the Timing’

The Hammond Community Theatre will present David Ives’ “All in the Timing” from April 19 through 28.

A series of one-act plays explores comic ­— and cosmic — forces at work in the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people.

“All in the Timing” is directed by Earl and Betty Howe, and the cast includes: John Sanchez, Alley Banks, Rich Wotkun, Kali Rasala and Caitlyn Desjardins.

This production will feature four short plays.

In “Sure Thing,” a man and a woman meet for the first time in a cafe, where they have an awkward meeting continually reset each time they say the wrong thing, until, finally, they romantically connect.

In “Words, Words, Words,” three chimpanzees that are expected to write “Hamlet” for the most part waste time engaging in pointless banter, while occasionally inspired to make grandiose literary allusions.

For “The Universal Language,” a man welcomes a naïve woman into his fraudulent language-learning course, in which he speaks only an invented language.

“Philadelphia” is set in a restaurant where a man is informed by a friend that his frustratingly unlucky day is the result of his ensnarement in a pocket of reality in which he will be fulfilled only by asking for the opposites of what he wants.

“All in the Timing” will be performed at Beatnik’s on Conkey, 418 Conkey St. in Hammond. Call (888) 928-6648 for reservations or more information.

Auditions

The Crown Point Community Theatre will hold auditions for its production of William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” at 7 nightly Monday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 9.

With Shakespearean dialogue, this production will be set in 1925, at the height of the Roaring Twenties in Venice. But all is not well in the city as prosperity starts to run short.

The play will run May 31 though June 15. Call 805-4255 for more information.



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