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On Centre | Penns Valley: Thespians to bring ‘Cinderella’ to stage

There’s a ball coming to Penns Valley next month.

Penns Valley Thespians will perform Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at the Penns Valley Area High School auditorium.

And it comes the same day as Disney’s “Cinderella” is released in theaters.

“We’re hoping our kids can go see that after they see or perform in the musical, and compare the differences,” said Darris DeRemer, high school band director, general musical teacher and musical director.

“There are so many versions of the story that are all so unique.”

The club hosts one musical a year — usually in the spring, DeRemer said.

This year, he gave his students the chance to pick one of three musicals from “Cinderella,” “Kiss Me, Kate” and “The Pirates of Penzance.”

“They always have a hand in picking a show,” DeRemer said. “We want them to have as much interaction with the production as possible.”

There are 49 cast members and about 20 pit and crew members — all students.

They began practicing in early January.

This year’s leads are Keith Griffith, a junior, who was cast as Prince Charming, and Virginia Stattel, a sophomore, who will be Cinderella — their first times as lead roles in a play.

“We have a group of students who stand out,” DeRemer said.

“It’s a strong group because they have experience, and at this caliber, they’re easy to work with.”

Kathy Black is in charge of costuming, and Phil Stattel is the director of the pit orchestra. The choreographer is Nicole Goodman.

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