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Cinderella opens at Northland Pines this weekendSubmitted: 02/12/2015
Story By Jeanine Ilacqua

Cinderella opens at Northland Pines this weekend
EAGLE RIVER - Many high school students choose to participate in winter sports. But some students at Northland Pines High School chose a more artistic way to get through the colder months: this year's musical, Cinderella.

The cast of Cinderella feels their involvement in the production has been a great experience, even though it can be nerve wracking.

"When it gets to be about the first 15 minutes before, right before I'm about to go on stage, that's when it really gets that shock of 'Oh, I'm about to go out in front of all these hundreds of people," said Luke Simons, who plays the prince.

After months of work, it's rewarding to see everything finally coming together.

"Just seeing all the kids grow and get used to being on stage. You see all the costumes come together and the props," said student director Rebekah Puffer.

Many of these kids are involved in multiple activities, which can cause even more stressful.

"It definitely is a balancing act for some of these kids," said choral director Kate Janssen. "They are athletes, lifting weights after school, involved in other sports, student council."

The kids started practicing in December. It has been a long but fun journey.

"We work so hard on this. Seriously, it's been months of every night for hours," said Madison Ludwig, who plays Cinderella. "I think we have a good group this year. It's really fun to perform."

"There's a lot of work put on from a lot of community members as well," said Simons. "And it's really a good time to come out and see all the work that everyone put in."

For Cinderella and the Prince, just remembering their lines can be the hardest part.

"There's so much that I need to remember when I'm onstage and when I'm off stage," said Ludwig.

"There are a lot of lines to memorize. I don't have it nearly as hard as Cinderella does," said Simons.

But, for all the hard work, performing in a musical has its benefits.

"It's a lot of fun, first of all," said Ludwig. "It helps you open up so you can talk in front of audiences and stuff."

The cast and crew are excited to show people a new version of a classic story.

"It's just a really well-known story by everybody," said Puffer. "It's easy to connect with it. It's fun."

"It's a young group," said Janssen. "It's been really exciting to see how they've brought this classic fairy tale to life in a relevant way, not just in a Disney way, but making it their own."

Cinderella opens Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Northland Pines High School Auditorium.

There are shows on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. There is a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for seniors.

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