Cinderella’s Time To Shine

A.J. Dimond High’s first play of the year was something to get excited about and to look forward to. The school always performs the first play as musical, and this year they performed Cinderella. The director was Dimond science teacher Wilma Keller, who has directed DImond’s school plays in the past, like “The Jungle Book” and many more. The lead role of Cinderella went to Samantha Paskvan. Haley Martin had the part of a townperson. The townspeople doubled as the chorus. The role of the King was played by Smith Griggs, who has performed in many of the school plays along with taking acting class by Keller during his freshman year at Dimond. The play ran from Oct. 17-20. “Cinderella” was based on the original version by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which is not the same as the animated Disney version. Martin said, “I would say I’m familiar with the Disney version but not so much with the Rodgers and Hammerstein version.” Griggs said “No, I was not familiar with the play, but now I am, yes.” Martin said, “I started doing the plays Junior year and they were fun. Also, my friends joined in them too, so it made working on the play all the more fun!” Griggs said “I’ve been doing drama since Freshman year, and I really like theatre and participating in the plays.” When asked how many people had auditioned for the role of the King against Griggs, he said, “People really just auditioned to Mrs. Keller and in the end she was the one who chose the parts for each of us, and I was chosen for the King.” Dimond students were excited about the play before it opened. Senior Hailey Fanning said, “Yes! I’m so excited to see how this play will turn out! I loved watching the Disney version of Cinderella when I was a kid, and I will definitely be there on opening night. I just cannot wait to watch this play.” Johnny Wynne, a junior, said, “One of my friends is performing in the play, so I’ll probably go see it one night with my girlfriend, and cheer on my friend.”