It's nearly time for the start of a long-time Triangle Christmas tradition - Raleigh Little Theatre's"Cinderella."
And, this year, it comes with a wonderful change. For the first time in its 32-year history at Raleigh Little Theatre, an African-American actress will perform the role of Cinderella. This will be Destiny Diamond's second RLT production. She also was in the ensemble for "Hairspray" in 2014.
"I feel extremely humbled and blessed to be RLT's first African American Cinderella," Diamond said in a press release. "Cindy presents a challenge for me to make new discoveries in a classic fairytale. I can’t wait for folks to come out and see what new things are in store in this year’s production. Every night I’m on that stage, this overwhelming feeling of excitement and disbelief hits me as if I am dreaming."
While Cinderella might not seem like a seasonal show, it definitely has a Christmas spin as the big ball happens during the holiday. The 90-minute production, with no intermission, is a great one for kids, who often come dressed as their favorite princess. It's a story they're familiar with. It's also hilarious with men playing the ugly stepsisters; a witty fairy godmother; and a chance for audience members to try on Cinderella's glass slipper.
The show runs Dec. 4 to Dec. 20 in RLT's Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. With a couple of exceptions, tickets are $33 each. Most of the 1 p.m., Saturday, shows are sold out, but there are lots of seats available for the 5 p.m. shows and for most evening shows. They, however, will go quickly as we get closer to Christmas. This one usually sells out.
There are some special things to note for those with special needs:
- The 1 p.m., Dec. 6, show will be American Sign Language interpreted.
- The 5 p.m., Dec. 13, show will be audio described by Arts Access.
- All performances in the theater can be heard by people with hearing loss through the hearing loop system. Patrons may use the t-coil in their hearing aid or cochlear implant to tune in to a signal from the stage, or check out a listening device from house management.
Again, this year, RLT is partnering with WRAL's Coats for the Children. On Dec. 10, $10 from each ticket will provide kids with warm winter coats through the Salvation Army of Wake County.
RLT's website has more information about the show and details about tickets.