Wayzata High School Presents ‘Cinderella’ with a Twist
The fall musical at Wayzata High School takes on the classic “Cinderella” story with an update.
Performances begin tonight, Nov. 10, at Wayzata’s Auditorium 1.
The show is director Justin Spooner’s first production with Wayzata Theatre. He and his cast say it’s been a truly magical experience.
“It is an incredible group of students and families that have made these productions come to life,” Spooner said.
“I think anyone who is coming can look forward to a really, really good production,” said Rish Naik, who is playing Prince Topher.
Naik’s character takes the lead alongside Cinderella, who is played by Varsha Prashanna.
Prashanna said as she got to know her character, she learned the story had unexpected depth. She hopes the audience sees that, too.
“I think the whole show has a message of hope and wanting better for yourselves, which I think is something everybody feels in their own lives,” Prashanna said. “They want something better in their lives and to experience something new. I think Cinderella brings those feelings and hopes and dreams to life.”
The life in the show, Spooner said, is all thanks to the cast.
“They bring a lot of collaborative spirit and energy and compassion, and they support each other. Those things are what really allow their talent to rise to the service and shine,” Spooner said.
Naik said he brought himself into the character as Prince Topher.
“I think Cinderella is ultimately this message of hope. I think that is the biggest message that audiences should leave with,” Naik said.
Spooner said tickets are going fast. He recommends securing a spot as soon as you can.
Shows will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium on Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18. Matinee shows will be held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 18. Reserved seats cost $15 for an adult, $12 for seniors 65 and older and $10 for students and staff. Those under 13 can get two tickets for $10. More information and a link to buy tickets is available on Wayzata Theatre’s website.