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Truckee High’s rendition of ‘Cinderella’ to hit the stage

Cinderella is going to the ball and Truckee is invited.

It’s time for Tahoe Truckee High School’s spring musical ” an extravagant production that merges Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic fairy tale with Disney’s cartoonish antics.

It is the first Truckee High musical in years that is geared toward children, though it also includes plenty of sophisticated humor to entertain parents.

“You’d think it would be easy to pull off a play like ‘Cinderella,'” said senior Chelsea Hess, who plays Cinderella, “but it’s every girl’s dream to be Cinderella, and (I) have to portray every girl’s vision (of her).”

Also difficult is maintaining masculinity, said lead actor Colton Long, a junior. His costumes and lines don’t exactly make him feel like Rambo, and a half-dozen high school boys attempting to waltz in unison looks similar to the endearing ballroom scene in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

But the on-stage chemistry between Hess and Long, fostered over time, friendship and a number of productions together, is magnetic and impressive.

Also notable is a 17-member pit band that has been practicing close to 40 pieces of music for the production for more than three months, and a fairy godmother who redefines the original character.

“She’s like the crazy lady with nine cats,” said Amie Engerbretson, a senior who plays the part. “She gives a zany vibe, but when it comes down to crunch time she can make the magic happen.”

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