Cinderella’s tale like you’ve never seen it before

François Lemieux
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The musical comedy The Slipper and the Rose – the story of Cinderella will be presented by Les Productions Coracole at the Théâtre Beaubois on May 28 and 29. Photo by Rob Amyot.

Are you a fan of remakes, fresh takes on old classics of literature, theatre or cinema? If so, you’re bound to enjoy the upcoming musical comedy The Slipper and the Rose – the story of Cinderella presented by Les Productions Coracole at the Théâtre Beaubois on May 28 and 29.

The play will tell the classic tale of Cinderella through the point of view of Cinderella’s love interest, Prince Edward. Directed by Pierrefonds resident Coralie Heiler who will also play Cinderella, the musical will be an opportunity to re-discover this classic and West Island residents would not want to miss it according to her.

“The story is a classic but it is another version of Cinderella. It is a spectacle that will be loved by families and people of all ages because the music is fantastic and the dancing is entertaining. It will be a nice opportunity to re-discover the tale of Cinderella through a fresh perspective. For once, we will see the prince’s side of the story” she said.

In this story, Prince Edward, heir to the throne of Euphrania, is expected by his father the King and his mother the Queen to choose a wife and settle down. To this end, the royal parents plan a court ball to which all the princesses they can locate are to be invited. Meanwhile, Cinderella has just lost her beloved father and finds her life drastically altered when she is forced to become a servant in her own house by her beautiful yet cold hearted stepmother and spoiled stepsisters.

Thankfully her Fairy Godmother is waiting in the wings to see that she goes to the ball and meets the prince. When the magic wears off at midnight and the prince, with shoe-in-hand, searches for Cinderella and finds her, what is going to happen to Euphrania without the much needed marriage alliance to prevent war? The Oscar-nominated score will be full of charming songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (the award winning team behind critically acclaimed hits such as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

Under the watchful eye of 25-year-old company president and artistic director Heiler, Les Productions Coracole’s mandate is to allow local up-and-coming artists the opportunity to grow their talents, gain experience and be seen and discovered on stage, while allowing individuals and families to attend high-quality professionally staged productions at reasonable prices. The company also makes it a point as much as possible to hire musicians and technicians (set design, lighting, costumes, and props) who have recently graduated in their respective fields and need to build-up individual portfolios.

Théâtre Beaubois, an intimate 320-seat theatre, is located next to the Rivière des Prairies at 4901 du Collège-Beaubois Street (close to the intersection of highway 13 and Gouin Blvd.), in Pierrefonds East.

The show, under the musical direction of Benjamin Kwong, will be presented on Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m. For Box office information, call 514-685-5093 or visit www.productionscoracole.com. Tickets are on sale at a cost of $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Geographic location: Pierrefonds East, West Island, Collège-Beaubois Street

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