KIDS PAGE: TPY’s ‘Ever After’ Is a Night of Laughs

Theatre Palisades Youth’s production of “The Ever After – A Musical,” is a delightfully funny show that keeps the audience laughing from beginning to end.  Under the keen direction of Dorothy DillinghamBlue the talented 26 cast members provide an evening of surprises and comedy. 

Talk show hosts “Rhoda and Peggy Lee,” hilariously played by Caroline Weller and Elle Baker, are out to get to the heart of the troubled relationships between Cinderella and her stepsisters as well other Fairy Tale stalwarts. With witty advice from therapist Jiminy Cricket, expertly played by Vera Abrams, and personal reflection provided by a saucy, rap-singing Mirror, played by Riley Stoler who almost steals the show, the characters seek their Happily Ever After in a sly send up of Daytime TV.

Above, Cinderella (Rachel Grossman, center) with her Princess Posse (l to r, Becca Whitaker, Lilian Santiago, Liana Rostamian, Leila Taghibagi, and Julia Peterson). Photos: Cynthia C. Peterson
Above, Cinderella (Rachel Grossman, center) with her Princess Posse (l to r, Becca Whitaker, Lilian Santiago, Liana Rostamian, Leila Taghibagi, and Julia Peterson).
Photos: Cynthia C. Peterson

The show is brilliantly cast. The Ugly Stepsisters (who now prefer the more politically correct term, “beauty impaired family figures”) are played with over-the-top gusto and great comic timing by Chelsea Trotti and Sophie Landau. Rachel Grossman as Cinderella, Mia Ruhman as Snow White and Jessica Minor as the Evil Queen, have excellent stage presence and strong singing voices and Daniela Renzo is the life of the party leading the entire cast in the “Bullfrog Mambo”.  Kerry Cooper and Kendall Crabtree take turns as two teary-eyed (and moderately deaf) little old ladies.

And not to be missed are the dazzling beauties of the “Princess Posse” who had me laughing out loud with their commercials for outrageous must-have princess products and services. The costumes, hair and makeup by Adriana Ruhman and Dawn Baker, are all top notch.

Hosts Rhoda (Caroline Weller) and Peggy Lee (Elle Baker) listen to the sassy Magic Mirror (Riley Stoler).                Photos: Cynthia C. Peterson
Hosts Rhoda (Caroline Weller) and Peggy Lee (Elle Baker) listen to the sassy Magic Mirror (Riley Stoler). Photos: Cynthia C. Peterson

Performances continue this weekend at Pierson Playhouse Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $14. Call (310) 454-1970 or visit theatrepalisades.com.