Original adaptation to close out Treasure Village’s season

The classic rags-to-riches story of a dishwashing maid who becomes princess, “Cinderella” will close out Treasure Village’s 46th season and will be directed by Linnea Lambert.

“It’s our original adaptation with original music,” said Lambert, who is also the managing director and technical director at Treasure Village in Milford.

The show opens next Tuesday at 10 a.m. and will run each day until Aug. 11, excluding Mondays, Sundays, July 20, 27 and Aug. 3. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Lambert explained her musical adaptation of “Cinderella” will be a little more faithful to the original fairy tale of Cinderella, as opposed to Disney’s 1950 film adaptation. However, the show will still feature the familiar characters and plot points, such as Cinderella’s poor treatment at the hands of her stepmother and stepsisters.

“Ella puts up with it very kindly and with a lot of grace,” Lambert said. “But dreams of her own, better life and something else where she can be free to be who she wants to be.”

Meanwhile, the king puts on a royal ball for his son, the prince, who reluctantly goes along with it in order to please his father.

“But then Cinderella arrives, and his life changes,” Lambert said, explaining it is love at first sight for the prince.

Though the play tells a love story, Lambert said the audience will also enjoy the humor. She pointed out the stepsisters and the king as being particularly comical characters.

She admitted that she found herself laughing out loud at times during rehearsals, despite her intention to be serious as the director.

“But they were so funny. And these little nuances that they were coming up with, with their characters, that it was just genuinely funny for me to watch,” Lambert said.

“Cinderella” is the second of two productions Treasure Village put on this summer, the first being “12 Dancing Princesses.”

Lambert said one difference between “Cinderella” and the previous show is that this show won’t have the same kind of audience participation. Instead of being invited on stage, audience members may instead be chosen to try on Cinderella’s glass slipper or interact with the fairy godmother.

“So, it’s a different type of interaction, but there’s still interaction,” Lambert said.

The show will last about an hour and will have a 10-minute intermission. Before and after the show, face painting will be offered on the front porch, and audience members will also be able to meet the cast members during intermission.

While Lambert wrote the script for the show, songwriter Wendy Gordy from Minnesota was in charge of writing the lyrics.

“I gave ideas for what I wanted for songs,” Lambert said, adding, “She has done all of our musicals so far. We give her the ideas, and she puts it all together.”

The cast will not only perform the songs on the stage but will also also record them in her husband’s music studio for a CD. The experience of recording music in a professional studio will be a first for many of the seven cast members, she said.

Three of the actors are college students, while the other four are in high school. Lambert said at Treasure Village, they are involved in all aspects of putting on the theatre productions, such as helping make the set and the costumes.

They even help out with Treasure Village’s mini golf course outside and with the ticket booth and concessions inside.

“You might have the stepmother from ‘Cinderella’ taking your order at concessions and handing you your popcorn,” Lambert said, a task which pushes the actors to think about how to interact with guests while being in character.

Lambert said that, although the show’s humor and dialogue is clean and appropriate for children, she did not want to aim it specifically at any particular age group when she wrote it.

“I want parents and grandparents to have just as much fun, and enjoy a show, as little kids,” she said.