Modern Spin for ‘Cinderella’

Nine O’Clock Players present “Cinderella: The True Story,” opening at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 at the Assistance League of Los Angeles, 1367 N. St. Andrews Place in Hollywood.

This musical retelling by Scott Guy of the classic fairy tale has a modern spin and a couple of twists. Our Cinderella has a big heart and brains and lives with her selfish stepfamily in a kingdom where material wealth is prized. So when she meets the prince she sees an opportunity to speak to the king on behalf of the overtaxed poor. Add to this a misguided fairy godmother, a king with bad eye, the prince’s rogue messenger keen on inheriting the prince’s wealth and a cupcake-eating baron’s daughter who hopes to win the prince’s affections.

The Nine O’Clock Players Theatre for Children, founded in 1929, is operated and supported by volunteers who present two full-scale musicals each year for nearly 13,000 children annually—a third of whom are disadvantaged. For many, this is their first exposure to music, theater and art.

Additional performances will be held on Saturdays and Sundays through March 24. For tickets ($12), call (323) 469-1970 or e-mail nop@assistanceleague.net.