Spring Play

Please report to the Loft immediately afterschool. Thank you to all who auditioned.

Holly Brown Brendan Finn Maddie Berg
Brenna Masgai Maggie Eckberg Megan Deppa
Brandon Thompson Samantha Wynn Sam Joson
Katie Thoreson Christina Sieben Jamie Durose
Carl Erikstrup Erin Foy  Caroline Kieffer
 Makayla Longcor Devonte McClam Kaylee Cates
Ryan Richardson Thomas Sullivan Quintin Walker
Olivia Kieffer Cali Yee  Garrett Hildebrandt
 Anna Reimann Beth Martin Naomi Ridley
Suzanne Melin Mark May Mara Jones
Adam Behnken  David Kim

Thank you to everyone who auditioned and congratulations to the cast. Please meet in the theater at 3:15pm tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.

Atilla Brendan Finn
Brunhilda Kaylee Cates
Cleopatra Samantha Wynn
Stepmother Naomi Ridley
Mouse #1 Quintin Walker
Mouse #2 Cali Yee
Cinderella Caroline Kieffer
Apprentice Erin Foy
Mistress Haughty Christina Sieben
Major Domo Garrett Hildebrandt
The Prince Luke Syrstad
The Page Adam Behnken
Fairy Godmother Beth Martin
Pumpkinhead Brandon Thompson
Lady Ursula-Ursula Brenna Masgai
Lady Blossom Mara Jones
Captain Ryan Richardson
Lady Vine Suzanne Melin
Lieutenant Mark May
Queen Olivia Kieffer
Citizen #1 Holly Brown
Citizen #2 Thomas Sullivan
Party Guests Maggie Eckberg
Anna Reimann
Makayla Longcor
Sam Joson
Carl Erikstrup
Devonte McClam


THE GLASS SLIPPER will be performed in the Commedia dell’Arte style, a humorous style of theater that originated in Italy around the 16th century, when traveling troupes performed on temporary open-air stages in city streets and courtyards.  Historically, commedia dell’Arte drew upon the improvisational skills of professional actors, who incorporated bold costume elements and props to perfect a specific role—usually a recognizable social type or stock character, such as the foolish old man, the devious servant, or the brash soldier.  While the story lines were standard, typically involving the struggles of young lovers or the comeuppance of a dimwitted authority figure, the actors improvised upon this basic plot, tailoring their performances to individual audiences with sly political commentary or bawdy innuendo.  The only scripted parts were the zany comic relief interludes–essentially well-rehearsed mayhem.  With The Glass Slipper’s running time of just over one hour, this means ERHS actors and audiences can expect big fun packed into a small show.

Auditions for the ERHS spring play, The Glass Slipper, are set for the first week of March.  Here’s the rundown:


The Glass Slipper, by Vera Morris

Directed by Marcie Berglund


On Schedules:  I will be looking very closely at conflicts when casting, so bring your calendars and your conflicts to auditions.

On Audition Preparation Tips:  Students will be reading from the script.  We will be performing this play in the “Commedia Del’Arte” style, which demands BROAD characters, BROAD movement, and BROAD reactions.  In other words:  EVERYTHING MUST BE BIG, BIGGER AND BIGGEST!  Bottom line:  DON’T HOLD BACK.  Be willing to put yourself on the line and make a risky choice when reading for these characters.


Auditions:   Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4—from 3:15 to 5:30

Callbacks:  Wednesday, March 5—from 3:15 to 5:30

First Cast Meeting:  Thursday, March 6—from 3:15 – 5:00

Rehearsals:  Begin the week of March 17.   We will rehearse Monday thru Fridays from 3:15 to 6:00.

Mandatory Dates:  From Monday April 21 to Friday April 25, full attendance is STRONGLY preferred.  From April 26—tech Saturday—through the show’s run, attendance is mandatory!

Performances:  Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 1,2, and 3, with the possibility of day performances for elementary schools.


CREW:  Stage Manager

COSTUME:  Creativity, as the costumes are going to be as large and fun as the characters

MAKEUP:  Extreme, with lots of “extras”

LIGHTING:  Magical effects

SOUND:  Lots of creative sound effects

PROPS:  As befitting our colorful take on this classic tale

ATTILA Timid Cat
BRUNHILDA Cinderella’s very loud unpleasant stepsister.   Very unattractive.
CLEOPATRA Cinderella’s very silly unpleasant stepsister.  Very unattractive.
STEPMOTHER Cinderella’s very mean unpleasant stepmother.  Knows her daughters’ “flaws.”
MOUSE Loves cheese
CINDERELLA Beautiful, sweet and gentle girl with a soft heart
APPRENTICE Fairy godmother intern
FAIRY GODMOTHER Cinderella’s magical friend.  Loveable grandmother type.
MISTRESS HAUGHTY Neighbor.  Self explanatory.
MAJORDOMO Palace announcer
THE PRINCE Handsome and will be King one day
PUMPKIN HEAD Talking Gourd
LADY URSULA-URSULA Lady in Waiting to Queen
LADY BLOSSOM Marriage prospect
LADY VINE Another marriage prospect
LIEUTENANT Another Soldier
QUEEN Rules the Kingdom, loves her son, but wants him married.
CITIZEN #1 Young Girl
CITIZEN #2 Another young girl
ADDITIONAL PARTY GUESTS At least 4 dancing couples for the ballroom scene
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