Youth theater group presents Cinderella musical

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cinderella musical youth theater go fameLocal youth, ages 4-18, will make up the cast of the upcoming production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical version of Cinderella at the University Theatre on the CSULB campus for five performances, July 2-11.

Cinderella show marks the fourth production of Long Beach’s GO-FAME Youth Theater Company, which just celebrated its first anniversary.

The musical production features memorable song (“In My Own Little Corner” and “Impossible”) from the original score created not for Broadway, but for the 1957 television production with Julie Andrews as Cinderella and again in 1965, starring Lesley Ann Warren.  GO-FAME’s Cinderella is directed by the theatre company’s artistic director, Elaine Zofrea, who brings decades of experience from working on theatrical productions at Disneyland and in New York.

Cinderella is recommended for ages four and up. Show times are 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 2 and 10 and 2:00 p.m. for Saturday and Sunday matinees, July 3, 10 and 11.

Seats are reserved and tickets ($10) may be purchased online or at the theatre’s box office 30 minutes prior to show time. The show is approximately 90 minutes long with one intermission.

As an added treat, a special Tea Party will be held in the patio area outside the theatre one hour prior to two matinee shows July 3 and 10, where guests will nibble on baked goods and meet members of the cast in character, who will be available to pose for photos. Those who purchase a Tea Party ticket ($5) along with a show ticket ($10) will receive priority seating in the theatre.

While GO-FAME just celebrated its first anniversary, Zofrea and Kathy McGuire, managing director, have been working together for over 10 years; they met at Long Beach’s Minnie Gant Elementary School where they started an after-school drama program and produced large-scale musicals with the student body.

GO-FAME, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatrical producing and training program for ages 8-18, has a 2,500 square foot studio in the  Long Beach Towne Center. Its goal is to work with the area’s diverse youth population to bring them together through a collaborative art form where they can develop the confidence, camaraderie and focus necessary for theatre and beyond. The staff includes professional artists in theatre and entertainment. Classes and drama day-camps are scheduled for this summer.

For more information, call the studio, 562/884-7077 or visit the website:

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