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April 4, 2020

CYT Santa Cruz presents: ‘Cinderella’

APTOS—Christian Youth Theatre (CYT) Santa Cruz invites the community to celebrate Valentine’s Day this weekend with a treasured love story.

CYT will present “Cinderella” at Cabrillo College’s Crocker Theatre in Aptos tonight through Sunday. The magical “dreams-come-true” tale follows a young woman who is forced into a life of servitude by her stepmother and stepsisters but dreams of a better life. After being transformed into a princess with the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella eventually finds love and marries her prince charming.

The company will be performing Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical version of the story, which was first written for television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. It was later adapted for the stage, and adapted for television twice more in 1965 and 1997.

CYT’s cast, ages 8-18 have been rehearsing since November for this special Valentine’s Day weekend show, which is directed by CYT Artistic Director Angelic Navarro. Navarro aims to bring her own flair to the play with her unique vision of the classic tale. 

Choreographer Melanie Useldinger (also of Agape Dance Academy) will showcase her expertise by leading numbers such as the famous ballroom waltz. The music of Richard Rodgers will be performed by a live orchestra.

“The team’s impressive backgrounds as directors, choreographers and educators, and their strong sense of camaraderie on stage and dedication to the program [will] bring this classic fairytale alive,” a CYT spokesperson said.

Tickets range from $17 to $30 depending on ticket type and seating choice. Tickets can be purchased at 

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