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Monty Python meets Brothers Grimm in upcoming Douglas College production, Cinderella Waltz


Feb. 28, 2019

The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft and Event Technology, Douglas College, present Cinderella Waltz, a modern retake of the well-known fairytale. Cinderella Waltz runs March 8-15 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre at the Douglas College New Westminster Campus.

Cinderella Waltz is a far cry from the formulaic retelling of this fairytale. While it features the usual suspects – a female protagonist, two stepsisters, a wicked stepmother and an unhelpful father, a fairy godmother and even a village idiot, Zed, the play digs deeper into the archetypal origins of Cinderella, contrasting the more familiar and charming Perrault version with the darker, more ancient telling by the brothers Grimm.

The play centers around Rosey Snow, the atypical fairytale heroine, flanked by her stepsisters Regan and Goneril, who live with their blended family on a farm just outside the village of Cinderville, the setting of their hilarious misadventures.

“As 'Cinderella', Rosey is struggling to choose what will actually lead to her own fulfillment and mature happiness,” says director Claire Fogal. “Zed's influence means that this 'Cinderella' can't assume that the Prince is the best choice! None of the characters in Cinderella Waltz match their Disney counterparts, Rosey included.”

While it does blend elements of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Snow White, playwright Don Nigro was also inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear, which he refers to as the most powerful version of the Cinderella story. Elements of that tragedy are included in the grand comic style of Cinderella Waltz.

“Our production embraces a queer love story at the heart of the play; this is not your typical Cinderella with girl meets boy and falls in love. The play is also so goofy and joyous that families are welcome,” Fogal says.

The student cast includes Aidan Currie (Mr. Snow), Ian Duck (Troll – theatre alumnus, 2012), Jiana Gonzales (Rosey), Khyla Granstrom (Mother Magee), Dahlia-Raphael Kerr (Mrs. Snow – theatre alumna, 2017), Aysia Ledoux (Regan), Adam John Rajala (Prince Alf), Ally Ray (Zed) and Ellen Wakely (Goneril).

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for seniors, students, matinees and Talkback Tuesdays. For tickets and show times, visit

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