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Cinderella brings magic wands and tiaras to Suwanee

The Prince (Ryan Lynch) presents Cinderella (Emily Flower) with the glass slipper. (Special Photo)

The Prince (Ryan Lynch) presents Cinderella (Emily Flower) with the glass slipper. (Special Photo)

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Cinderella (Emily Flower) shows off her glass slipper to her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, from left to right, Brian Wittenberg, Abagail Medlin, and Kayleigh Watson. (Special Photo)

Magic wands, tiaras and glass slippers are coming to Town Center Stage for Suwanee Performing Arts’ 2014 Broadway in the Park production.

A cast of 70 local, young performers and 30 backstage volunteers will bring Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” as well as an original one-act play, “Spellbound — the Musical,” to the Town Center stage July 25 and 26.

“Cinderella,” a classic fairy tale set to music, is the story of a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters. She dreams of a better life and with the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella’s dreams come true.

The Suwanee production is based on the 1997 Whitney Houston version, which, according to Broadway in the Park Director Patty Etherton, is funnier and more condensed than the original 1957 musical starring Julie Andrews.

“Spellbound — the Musical” is an original play created by Suwanee Performing Arts founders Patty Etherton and Bernetta Bock Davis, and it provides the back story for Cinderella’s magic, fairy godmother. The one-act play takes place at The Academy of Magical Arts, where a young Annabel is convinced that she is a failure because all of her spells turn into glass and don’t last through the night.

“This is a great opportunity to expose the entire community to quality performance art,” says Etherton. “The kids who audition never cease to amaze us with how talented they are. And the costuming and staging are top-notch, too. We’re proud to produce each year the kind of high- quality show that our audience wants to see.”

Broadway in the Park performances will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26. Admission is free, but reserved premium seating is available for corporate and patron sponsors.

Lawn seating in front of the stage is available on a first-come basis for $10 and is designed especially for young children. These tickets will be available at Town Center Park beginning at 4 p.m. on performance days. Magic wands and tiaras will also be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Suwanee Performing Arts at 678-482-6333.