Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella – Tech Week!


The cast, tech crew and adult directors of the Tosa West Theater will spend over 24 hours after school this week fine tuning their production of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella so that they are ready when the curtain rises on opening night on Friday, March 10th.

Cinderella will also be performed on the 11th, 16th, 17th, and 18th at 7:00pm. There is also a showing on Sunday the 12th at 2:00pm. Tickets can be purchased in the tosawesttheatre website on Instagram or though the announcements in your email. The cast and tech crew have been prepping and rehearsing since January 9th to see the play take form and come together. 

“I’m definitely excited to see all of the chunks that we’ve been rehearsing up on the stage kind of come together. It’s like a puzzle with puzzle pieces”, said Sophomore Milo Hagopian-Smith.

This musical has never been performed this show for an audience before, and has many special elements included. 

Although everyone knows the story of Cinderella, students are confident they will be presenting a fresh take on this traditional story. “There are some really cool political overtones and it takes the 90s score with Brandi and Whitney Houston and puts a whole new spin on it.”  said Senior Eleanor Hannan who plays Marie, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother.  

The story will not only be fresh, but the technical crew also has some surprises. “We also have some incredible technical elements all of the transformations. We have a carriage that actually going to move across the stage, so you won’t want to miss that”. Said Hannan 

As the play starts to come together, the cast and tech crew are entering tech week. The week before opening night is a busy one. The cast and tech crew spend long nights running through the entire show. They make final changes to be prepared for opening night. They are making final changes and getting excited for the arrival of opening night.

“My favorite part of theater for the show is Tech Week, which honestly sounds crazy but something about it being so chaotic, and everything’s changing all the time. It’s really thrilling”, said Senior Gillian Frey.

For some of the cast, it is their last performance, and they want it to be their best.

“I’m nervous because it’s my last show, and I want it to be really good. But I’m really, really excited”, said Frey. 

Tech week is exhausting, but is also a time of intense camaraderie and team building among everyone involved in the play. The amount of time spent rehearsing means they get to spend a lot of time together. 

Cast member Sadie Knie is excited about the preparation and love the chaos that ensues during tech week.

“Regarding opening night i’m extremely excited because every time we open a show it’s different, so we do different things preparing for it and it’s just a really exciting vibe being around everyone and its also so nerve racking which makes it ten times more fun,” said Knie.

The cast and tech crew love opening night and are feeling prepared for their performances. 

“I’m very excited for opening night but it’s always a very nerve racking thing. In the end you always have so much fun”, said Sophomore Rowan Bishop.

Cinderella will first be performed this Friday, and tickets are available here.