Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences presents ‘Cinderella: The Remix’

May 13 performance will welcome audiences with sensory sensitivities

Cinderella
DePaul's The Theatre School will perform "Cinderella: The Remix," from April 20 through May 27 at the historic Merle Reskin Theatre. (Image by Grip Design)
CHICAGO — The Theatre School at DePaul University presents “Cinderella: The Remix,” with book and lyrics by Psalmayene 24, music by Nick tha 1Da, and directed by Coya Paz. “Cinderella: The Remix” is part of The Theatre School's Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences Series. It opens April 20 and runs through May 27 at DePaul's historic Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo Drive.

The production tells the story of Cinderella, a DJ, stuck in her stepmother's basement and forced to give up her beats to her stepbrother, Chocolate Ice. When the famous J Prince announces auditions for his Hip-Hop Hollywood "Jam,” Cinderella goes in disguise trying to score the biggest gig in the land. The performance is an urban twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale and recommended for ages 5 and up.

The cast features Chanell Bell Copeland (Cinderella), Hunter Bryant (Chocolate Ice), Mariana Castro Florez (Chin Chilla), Samantha Newcomb (Bad Mamajama/Hoperah) and Nosakhere Cash-O'Bannon (J Prince).

The production staff includes Coya Paz (director), Angela McIlvain (scenic design), Emilee Orton (costume design), Richard Latshaw (lighting design), Madeline Doyle (sound design), Yasmin Mitchel and Spencer Olson (dramaturgy) and Emily Mills (stage management).

Paz teaches full time in The Theatre School and is the artistic director of the historic Free Street Theater, which has been making performances by, for, about, with and in Chicago's diverse communities since 1969. She is at work on The Miracles/Los Milagros, which celebrates everyday miracles and community resilience. It will tour Chicago parks this summer.

Performances are at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Special Friday performances will occur at 10 a.m. April 28 and May 12. A Sunday performance will be held at 2 p.m. May 21. There is no Thursday performance May 11 and no Saturday performance May 20.

The performance of “Cinderella: The Remix” on Saturday, May 13 will be sensory friendly. A social narrative and adapted teacher guide will be available prior to the performance. Accommodations to this performance include reduced sound and lighting cues and some added light in the house of the theatre to welcome audience members with sensory sensitivities.

The performances May 18 and 21 will be interpreted in American Sign Language. Call TTY: 773-325-7975. April 22 is USO of Illinois Day. U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families with a valid military ID can attend the performance for free. Visit www.tixfortroops.org to reserve tickets, or call 312-922-1999 for more information.

Join the cast for an autograph session after the performance April 22. The performances April 28 and May 6 will be followed by a post-show discussion. Visit the website or call the box office for additional details.

Tickets are $10. Subscriptions and group rates for 15 or more people are available. DePaul employees, alumni, and college students receive a discount with ID. Tickets are available online or by calling the Box Office at 312-922-1999.

Complimentary teacher guides are available online for educators and interested audience members. Guides include activities and discussions for before and after the performance, which highlight core-learning goals. Themes from this production include fairy tales, gender roles, girl power, hip-hop, identity, pop culture and sexism.

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