June 17, 2014

FRCC Family Theater Troupe to Reprise ‘Cinderella’ for 10th Anniversary Season

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Front Range Family Theatre Project brings back to its outdoor stage in July “Cinderella,” a playful and entertaining adaptation of the classic fairy tale.


Robin Cuthberson reprises her role as the Fairy Godmother

Originally premiered in the Front Range Theatre Project’s third season, this production is a fabulous fairytale fantasy that takes a well-known “Once Upon a Time” tale and gives it a contemporary spin. When Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother asks what her wish is, Cinderella’s reply is, “I want to learn to read.”

This adaptation was developed from an exploratory work by master storyteller Tom McCabe specifically for the FRCC company. The play has a strong literacy message, plenty of audience participation, and fun characters who will appeal to young and old alike. Plus, it is an ideal offering as the project continues its collaboration with the Poudre River Public Library District’s Summer Reading Program.

“Cinderella” will be performed at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 9-11 and at 10:30 a.m. July 12 on the Larimer Campus Plaza at Front Range Community College, Harmony Road and Shields Street in Fort Collins. Admission is free. Bring your own blankets, water, sunscreen, and bug spray. There is plenty of free parking on campus, even during a busy construction season and motorcycle classes taking up some parking spaces.

John Hill, lead theater and humanities faculty, established The Front Range Family Theatre Project, a program that creates a convergence of audience and performers in a shared theatrical experience that is designed to engage, entertain, and educate.

The project’s first production was a whimsical adaptation of “The Frog Prince,” presented to an enthusiastic audience of children, parents and care providers. Since that first successful summer, the Front Range Family Theatre Project has presented original, quality plays for all ages from famous fairy tales, through four productions set in the Land of Oz. The project has entertained and enriched the lives of more than 18,000 patrons, demonstrating the value the community holds for this program.

Hill is the recipient of a Kennedy Center Medallion recognizing his work in collegiate theater. The medallion, a national honor, recognizes extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theater and to the development and quality of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Read more about Hill here.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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