Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your box office.
Consider Cinderella at Northern Kentucky University, an inventive take on a familiar show (the Rodgers and Hammerstein version) that’s quickly selling out. Director Ken Jones and company have taken a simple, timeworn stage scheme and run with it, adding a trio of cute rodent clowns, a full repertoire of eccentric line readings and gestures, endless gags and, yes, a giant pest-ensnarement device set center stage as this tuneful, two-hour fairytale unfolds.
NKU senior Elizabeth Sunderhaus makes a lovely and likable Cinderella, a fearless daydreamer, friend to mice and a “normal” foil to the grotesque cartoons of stepmother and stepsisters (Robyn Novak, Cindy Head and Ruth Kennedy, in fright wigs and seizure-inducing outfits). Vocally, Sunderhaus needs more breath support to match the strong tenor of Bradford B. Frost’s Prince — she sounded half-winded on opening night — but there’s no shortage of vigor in the rest of the performances.
Cinderella continues at NKU's Corbett Theater through Sunday. Go here for Julie York Coppens' full review.