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When Maggie Shermoen graduated from Missouri Condition College with a diploma in theater, she figured on relocating to New York to consider her hand at specialist acting.
Shermoen experienced lived and breathed the stage from a youthful age — one may well practically say from conception, considering her musical-loving dad and mom satisfied even though executing in a creation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.”
But just as she was about to pull up stakes for the East Coastline, COVID-19 struck and closed down just about all community existence.
“The complete theater industry just variety of shut down, and that was really frightening for me,” mentioned Shermoen, who took the opportunity to interact in some pragmatic reassessment.
Desiring “some kind of position security” in precarious situations, she resolved to head back to faculty, this time in pursuit of a law degree at the University of Kansas, the place she is now in her next yr.
Even though the detour to Lawrence may well have briefly dashed one desire, it has enable a different appear correct for Shermoen: playing the role of Cinderella.
“I try to remember seeing the Julie Andrews edition of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella,’” she explained. “My mother and I would check out it all the time when I was tiny. And ever given that then, it’s been this desire part for me.”
When she saw that Theatre Lawrence was doing the demonstrate this period, she considered “I just have to audition for that” — not minimum, she reported, mainly because, at age 25, she could not get quite a few much more chances to enjoy the teenaged princess.
Laurie VanderPol, who’s directing Theatre Lawrence’s exhibit — which follows the 1997 Brandy/Whitney Houston version alternatively than the 1957 Andrews a single — mentioned that she experienced a lot of proficient individuals audition for the job but that Shermoen, a initially-timer at the community theater, was irresistibly “perfect.”
“She’s one thing else,” mentioned VanderPol, a retired teacher who taught drama at West Junior Significant for a lot of years. “She’s these kinds of a triple risk. She can sing, she can dance, she can act.”
On best of that, Shermoen is “made to be a Disney princess,” VanderPol said, but she quickly added, “not a stupid Disney princess.”
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For her and Shermoen each, “Cinderella” is a lot more than the familiar tale of “local girl tends to make fantastic, weds famed person.”
Alternatively, it’s a tale with surprising depth that, Shermoen mentioned, principally explores the common experience of seeking to belong.
“She’s a clever Cinderella,” VanderPol mentioned of Shermoen’s portrayal, but with “vulnerability” and “dimension” and a “sense of question.”
Apart from Shermoen’s title functionality, VanderPol touts the show’s 19th-century costuming by Jane Pennington and choreography by Robbie Fowler.
“It’s got kind of a stream to it and a stunning softness and a lovely rhythm,” she stated of the dance quantities.
She also praised the ingenuity of longtime technological director James Diemer, who, aside from the magic of turning pumpkins into carriages, arrived up with a novel option to clearly show the prince’s determined research for the operator of the glass slipper that famously, if implausibly, suits the foot of only 1 girl in the whole kingdom it involves a movie within just the musical that VanderPol expects to be a crowd-pleaser.
Theatre Lawrence veterans Kelli Szrot and Kelly Schellman are also returning for “Cinderella” — Schellman in Houston’s part of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and Szrot, whom Theatre Lawrence followers could don’t forget from her star change in very last summer’s “Hello, Dolly!,” as Cinderella’s necessarily mean stepmom.
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With just one Theatre Lawrence clearly show practically underneath her belt and just one extra year to go at KU Legislation Faculty, Shermoen is “definitely” eager to audition for extra regional roles. Next time, while, she’ll most likely seek the advice of her frantic calendar a minor much more closely.
“I consider I’ll almost certainly continue to be absent from exhibits that tend to run in the course of my ultimate exams,” she laughed.
“Cinderella” is scheduled to open up Friday at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Generate, and will have many performances by Dec 18. For facts about tickets, call 785-843-Exhibit (7469) or go on the net at theatrelawrence.com.
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