Cinderella is a household name among any movie fan of any age.

Who doesn't know what the glass sipper represents?

Starting tonight, Cinderella will come alive as the Dodge City High School drama department begins their first of three performances to Dodge City.

"I began in the drama department my freshman year," said junior Kaleb Ernst who will be playing the Prince. "I had taken (drama teacher Anne) Kaiser's acting class and she pulled me in.

"Any time an actor would quit she would get me in."

Ernst had played a supporting role in last year's production of Phantom of the Opera and a lead role in Bone Chiller the year before that.

"It's a lot of fun," he said. "You get to be with other people and pretend to be a new person for 3 days."

Playing Cinderella is junior Harley Long.

Long had joined the drama department last year for the musical of Phantom of the Opera.

"I was in Kaiser's forensics class and when I found out they did plays as well as musicals I joined."

In playing the iconic role of Cinderella, Long said, "I love losing my shoe.

"I hate shoes.

"But I really like the intense moments we get to do and how to control your facial features because there is a short girl telling you what to do."

That short girl Long refers to is junior Delanney Ormord who will be playing the Step Mother.

"This is my first time acting with the drama department," Ormord said. "I had done tech for the productions my first 2 years."

Ormord had auditioned for Cinderella but was cast as the Step Mother.

"I had done the musical of Beauty and the Beast with the Depot Theater so I tried my hand with Cinderella.

"It was my first time in a musical with Beauty and the Beast and I will continue with the Depot this summer."

In bringing the "evil" Step Mother to life, Ormord said she took a slightly different take than previous incarnations have shown.

"I took kind of a more girly side," she said. "In the movie it doesn't really show that she is the one in love with the Prince and wants to be with him rather than have her daughters with him, so I wanted to show that part of her."

Cinderella by Lynn Stevens will be at the DCHS auditorium tonight through Saturday and will be directed by Kaiser.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. each night.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children.

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