The theater department brings us fairy tales

Soon the stars

of the Theater department will make their fall debut in a two for

one special of “Cinderella and “The Country Mouse and The City


“font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;”>Soon the stars of the Theater

department will make their fall debut in a two for one special of

“Cinderella and “The Country Mouse and The City Mouse.” This play

is a delightful treat for anyone young and old. The theater

department received a grant from the Roanoke Island Festival Park

to do a children’s series this summer. The two plays were done over

the summer and were a great success so they decided to bring them

to A&T.

“font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;”>Professor Donna Baldwin-

Bradby, the plays director, really made “The Country Mouse &

The City Mouse” her own as opposed to the usual Aesop fable. She

completely modernized and made it into an incredibly entertaining

comedy. This story is all about two mice who are cousins. There’s

Junior, the country mouse, and Ace, the city swindler played by

Nick Turner, a senior Professional Theater major from Winston

Salem, NC.

“font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;”>“Nick really developed the

character. It was a five to six page script and nick really made it

what it is,” said Professor Bradby.

“font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;”>From the hip hop number to

the line dancing Ace is sure to leave vewiers lighthearted.

 In the end, after the laughter ceases there was a

lesson to be learned. Despite their differences Ace and Junior

realize that they don’t have to enjoy the others lifestyle as long

as they remember what’s important, and that’s family. This was the

lesson Director Bradby wanted to convey. “When I was a girl I loved

the country mouse and the city mouse but they always made it seem

like the country was better I thought that was unfair so this story

does not end like that.”

“font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%;”>After that play ended the

theater department surprised the audience with an intermission

filled with snacks and children’s activities. Then it was time for

every girl’s favorite tale, “Cinderella”. Everyone knows the story

of Cinderella, the tormented motherless girl swept off her feet by

a dashing prince and in the end they live happily ever


“font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%;”>Cinderella just keeps getting

better with this short adaptation of the mesmerizing Disney movie.

Not only are characters like the prince, Fairy Godmother, evil

stepsisters and of course Cinderella true to tradition, but

Cinderella and the prince even sing for us! Their voices are

amazing and the number really adds to the whole play.

“font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%;”>The director, Professor

Frankie Day, assured that her version is the classic story of

Cinderella’s journey from rags to riches. The stepmother is mean;

the stepsisters mean, ugly and dumb; Fairy God mother is quirky and

fun; and Cinderella is just humble, sweet, and gorgeous.

“font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%;”>Janaya Hudson, a professional

theater major from Charlotte, NC as well as the Fairy godmother in

Cinderella assures that Aggies are in for a treat. “We

worked really hard at our children’s series and it’s no way anyone

will be disappointed. It’s so much going on with the theatre

department that I’m looking forward to sharing with the aggie world

this year!” These two plays are a must see for everyone especially

those who have a little one to share it with.

“font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%;”>The play will be showing

Sept. 22- 25 and Sept. 29-Oct. 22. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10

for senior citizens and students of other schools, and children 12

and under are $5. Admission for A&T students is free with an

aggie one card.

  • Nia Smith, Contributor