Moorhead High Spring Play “Cinderstein” Offers Comic Relief

This spring, Moorhead High School theater offers comic relief with the zany, funny show “Cinderstein,” which combines the storylines of “Cinderella” and “Frankenstein.” More than 40 Moorhead High students are part of the cast and crew. Performances are 7:30 p.m. April 28, 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. May 1. A sign language interpreter will be present at the April 28 show.

“Cinderstein” is a play within a play where the actors are high school students putting on a performance. The high school drama teacher wrote her own version of Cinderella by combining the princess’s tale with the story of Frankenstein, but the production is bombing.

According to Moorhead High director Dawn Gunderson, the show includes a fairy “goshmother” not godmother, five stepsisters not just two, a boy who has to dress up like a girl, a queen who never gets her lines quite right, and a tech guy who shows up in scenes when he should be running sound.

After being forced to play a girl, one of the boys worries that if his father, a sports fanatic, sees him his acting career will be over. Despite the director’s explicit instructions that the Prince’s Ball scene must be slow and elegant, the cast speeds it up so the boy won’t be seen, but the actress playing the queen is incapable of improvisation and can’t keep up. When Frankenstein replaces Cinderella’s brain with a cat’s brain instead, this wacky production changes beyond even the director’s recognition.

Tickets for the performances are on sale now. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults. You can purchase them through the box office at 218-284-2345, in the activities office or at the door.