Cinderella’s step-family hit with crowd at SKIT production

The evil stepmother and stepsisters from “Cinderella” turned out to be the most humorous part of the musical put on by Southern Kids in Theater, director Debbie Lonsdale said.

SKIT members put on the musical production on June 12, 13 and 14 at the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community College.

“What really stood out was the stepmother and the stepsisters, who were played by Brian Michaux, Megan Lonsdale and Angela McGee. Wesley Hudson played the stepmother, and he did a phenomenal job,” Lonsdale said. “It was really funny, very hilarious with all the antics we added.”

Lonsdale said the audience seemed to really enjoy the musical. “I got to sit in the back and call the cues and see the action. I could see what the audience liked through all four shows. One lady in particular almost came out of her chair laughing,” she said. “The audience really enjoyed it.”

Lonsdale said SKIT members did four performances, and the theater was filled to capacity each time. “All four were full. We had a very, very good turnout for the shows,” she said.

Lonsdale said the challenge for the musical was they had two separate casts. “It’s always difficult when you have to switch out casts to make sure they have equal time,” she said. “Having the theater all week worked well because we gave everyone a fair amount of rehearsal time.”

Something new this year was the Cinderella Gala fundraiser on June 11, the night before the first show. “We had very good turnout, and it was a good fundraiser. We were able to distribute the proceeds with $500 in scholarships to our summer program,” she said. “The gala was catered by Miss Lily’s Café, who donated all the food. We are extremely grateful to them.”

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