Meeker musical showing today

If you go …

What: “Cinderella Kids,” a musical performed by the Meeker-based youth theater group “Center Stage”

When: 3 and 6 p.m. today

Where: Meeker High School Auditorium, 550 School St.

Cost: Tickets are $6 each for all ages or five for $25. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance at the Meeker Recreation Center, 101 Ute Road.

— For more information,

call 970-878-3403

— Envision the 1950 film “Cinderella.”

Trim the running time by about 15 minutes, put it on stage and cast more than 40 child actors, and you’ll have an idea of what audiences can expect to see when the curtain opens at Meeker High School Auditorium today.

Center Stage, a Meeker-based youth theater group, is scheduled to perform “Cinderella Kids” at 3 and 6 p.m. today at the high school, 550 School St.

“Cinderella Kids” is the second production the group has put on in as many years. The musical is based on the Disney film, director Laurie Zellers said, but it’s tailored to young thespians.

“It touches on basically everything in the movie, but it’s shortened,” she said, adding that the musical lasts one hour. “It’s made so that these younger kids can perform it easily.”

This year, Meeker-area children in second through eighth grades will participate in the production.

They’ve been practicing their parts for the last 10 weeks in short-but-frequent rehearsals, with the key word being “short.” When working with children, Zellers said, maintaining their focus and attention is key.

So, too, was getting boys interested and involved in the production, even though Cinderella falls predominately into the domain of young girls.

“(The musical) had a good draw for those boys,” Zellers said. “The king and the grand duke and the prince all have these cute scenes where it’s more comedic and fun for them.”

She hopes the audience enjoys the production too, she said, but her ultimate goal is to demonstrate the important role that drama can play in a child’s life.

Theater teaches children how to sing, dance and speak in front of large groups, she added, and these are skills they can use long after the last curtain falls.

Students aren’t the only ones who benefit as they fine-tune their theatrical skills.

“It’s fun to watch them grow and develop and realize that, ‘Oh my gosh, this is kind of fun and I can do this,’” Zellers said.

Tickets cost $6 each or five for $25, and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Meeker Recreation Center, 101 Ute Road.

For more information, call 970-878-3403.

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