Cinderella at the Kimmel Center

December 1, 2013 The story of Cinderella is a timeless classic and a perennial audience favorite for the American Theatre Arts for Youth. The musical is filled with the magic and wonder of wishes come true.

The musical stays true to the traditional tale. Cinderella, mistreated by the wicked stepmother and her homely daughters, finds her fairy godmother and, with a wave of the wand, is off to the ball in search of Prince Charming.

"When she comes out in the ball gown, the oohs and aahs are palpable in the theatre," ATAFY Founder & Chairman Laurie Wagman says with a laugh, " If you come to one of our performances, you will see scads of Cinderella's all gussied up in the audience. It's a joy."

When Laurie Wagman founded American Theatre Arts for Youth or ATAFY 42 years ago, she says, Cinderella was the very first production she put on, " and we've been doing it just about every year since. Why? Because people ask for it ... our step-sisters are really bumbling and silly and our mother is really funny. And I see the excitement and the enchantment that this whole thing represents and we are reminded, aha, that's what it's all about. That's the magic that only live theatre provides."

Cinderella will play in the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theatre December 18th and 19th. For tickets and show times, go to

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