WRHS drama department busy with ‘Cinderella,’ One Act Play competition

Sun News correspondentNovember 6, 2013 

Warner Robins High School will be presenting its version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” this weekend in the school’s performing arts theater.

It will be a busy weekend for the drama department at Warner Robins High, which in between public performances of “Cinderella” is also hosting the A state One Act Play competition.

Jordan Engen, a 10th grader at Warner Robins High, has the title role in the school’s production of “Cinderella.” She has had other lead roles before including “Annie” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

But although she has the main role, Engen said that the show isn’t all about her or her character.

“It may be called ‘Cinderella,’ but every single part is important,” Engen said. “There are so many roles, so many parts onstage and off, and they all fit together like cogs in a machine. My cast is my family.”

As Cinderella, Engen’s wishes come true on stage. Off stage, she gets the opportunity to make others’ wishes come true -- by meeting Cinderella. After each performance, the cast will be in the school lobby for pictures with fans.

“We did a performance for our teachers, and one brought their little girl,” Engen said. “Afterwards she wanted her picture made with me because to her, I am Cinderella. It is a great feeling to have a little girl tell you that they love you and that you are a princess.”

Nicholas Sostillio is in his first year as drama teacher at Warner Robins High. He graduated in December from Columbus State University; he is a 2008 Warner Robins High graduate.

“I left high school knowing I wanted to be a drama teacher,” Sostillio said. “So this is like coming back home.”

Sostillio said that Warner Robins’ production of “Cinderella” is based on the 1954 version that starred Julie Andrews.

“It has an updated script and music with puppets and special effects. We really wanted to keep the audience entertained,” Sostillio said. “It’s a modern take on a classic story.”

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” will be presented by Warner Robins High on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $5 and are available for purchase at the door.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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