Cinderella comes to SDSU



Audience members will be able to relive their childhood through State University Theatre’s production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Cinderella.

While this version is different from the Disney classic, the whimsy and heart-warming emotions are still there. The set is detailed, intricate and pulls the audience into the scene. The wardrobe is elaborate and Cinderella’s ball gown and wedding dress can fulfill the fairy tale dreams of numerous girls.

Kimberly Graff plays Cinderella and she embraces the role fully. Her strong vocal skills aid in the numerous pieces she performs. Graff also embodies the innocence that is Cinderella. She is graceful and elegant.

Graff’s sister, Whitney Graff, plays the Evil Stepmother.

“As weird as it sounds, I love getting to play the villain,” she said. “I have never had the opportunity before, and I like learning what exactly it takes to make the audience really dislike me. Plus, getting booed by elementary school kids makes me feel like I’m playing the part right. Even though people seem to not like my character, I’ve still gotten hugs from the kids, so it’s all worth it in the end. Whether or not they like my character is irrelevant so long as they enjoy the show.”

Director Sue Klemp says she enjoys doing theatre for young audiences. She has over 30 years of experience, but this is her second production at SDSU. She says the cast faced various obstacles, but the biggest was time.

“The complexity of a musical exists because the combination of dancing and singing and acting is harder,” she said. “But due to all the breaks like spring break and Easter break, we really only had a month’s time.”

The production opens in Doner Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, and runs through Saturday, April 21, with a special matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The performance is free to students with ID.