Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-04-21

Samford University Theatre will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella May 1-4.

The musical version of the enduring fairy tale features such songs as "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" and "Stepsisters' Lament." Samford theatre department chair Dr. Don Sandley directs the production. Leslie Fillmer conducts the accompanying student orchestra.

Barbara Cline and Christina Myers share the title role, performing on alternating evenings. Murphy Maddox and Jordan Bondourant alternate as the Prince, and Samantha Chambers and Alexandra Tate share the role of Queen.

The cast also includes Katie Ostrowski as the stepmother, Emily Hoppe as the fairy godmother, Laura Smith and Jenny Wiggins as the step sisters and Paul Lance as the King. Other cast members are Amanda Allen, Bob Becklean, Sadie Frasier, Casi Harris, Cody Hayes, Sarah Chase Kee, Haley Longino, Allison Lott, Lydia Myers, Quincy Price, Hannah Seymour, Preston Sullivan, Laura Smith, Alan Taylor, Jen Taylor, Maggie Taylor and Jessica Terry.

Dancers are Erica Carr, Cody Laudrey, Erin Wert and Lisa Jane Wright.

The production is offered as a Samford Theatre for Young Audiences presentation.

Performances are in Harrison Theatre at 7:30 p.m. May 1-3 and 2:30 p.m. on May 4. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 senior adults and $6 students/children. For information and tickets check the website at

Opening night on May 1 will feature an announcement of School of the Arts as the new name for the academic unit that includes the Samford theatre/dance department. A reception will follow the performance.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.