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Community youth performs ‘Cinderella’

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FRANKLINTON — “Cinderella,” the musical by Rogers & Hammerstein, was performed earlier this month to a large crowd of 1,000 theatergoers by the Franklinton Area Community Theatre.

F.A.C.T. is a local community theater group comprised of children from the ages of 5 to 18 years old who practice and perform at Franklinton High School under the direction of Lisa Lawrence and musical directors Windy Edwards and Doreen Arnott. Every aspect of the play from acting to technical booth are performed by the youth including the sound system, lights and microphones.

“Cinderella” is the story of a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a princess and finds her prince.

The cast and technical staff of “Cinderella” included over 50 local area children from Wake Forest, Franklinton, Rolesville, Zebulon, Bunn and Raleigh. The cast performed two shows recently for local elementary schools exposing young students to the performing arts as well as giving three performances for the local community. Earlier this month, the audience was invited to come on stage for a free photo op with Cinderella, Prince Topher and the magical carriage after the show. Many children flocked to the stage to have their photo taken with Cinderella and the prince; some even dressed up as Cinderella to come to the show.

Whitley Lynn played the starring role of Cinderella and sang the popular songs, “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible” and “When Your Driving Through the Moonlight.” Andrew Arnott, as Prince Topher, sang “Me, Who am I?” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You are Beautiful.” And Ellie Manfreda, Marie the Fairy Godmother sang “It’s Possible” and “There’s Music in You.”

Supporting roles included Caleb van Doornewaard as Sebastion. Lord Pinkleton played by Henry Hanson and Jean Michel by Ben McKay. Madame or the Stepmother was played by Ashley Schulte and Gabrielle was played by Alyssa Gupton with Chloe Paramore as Charlotte.

The next show performed by F.A.C.T. will be “Godspell” March 27-29. For more information about F.A.C.T. go to