Friday, November 18, 2011


I think this is the first time I’ve mentioned our Ukarumpa Community Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on this blog.  Funny, since it’s been such a big part of my life the last few months!  Every other year, the community does a theater production.  Two years ago we did Fiddler on the Roof, which I had a small role in.  This year I got to be one of the stepsisters in Cinderella (the one with the annoying laugh).  Theater is something that I thoroughly enjoy being involved in.  Who knew that it wasn’t going to be one of the things that I had to give up to be a missionary in Papua New Guinea?  Thanks God!

Brian, on the other hand, is quite relieved that it is over.  Now he gets to have his wife home in the evenings, not off at rehearsals.

Here are some photos from last week’s performances:

Ah... the evil step-family.  Don't we look pleased with ourselves?

The gal who made the costumes did her best to make us stepsisters look ridiculous for the ball.  Don't you love the hats?  (She had a magazine with photos from the royal wedding for inspiration).  I don't know how many people told me I looked like I had a big piece of wrapped candy on my head!

Obviously the prince is very impressed...

Uh-oh, trouble.  Why is he so infatuated with that mystery girl?  (This is right before our song, "Stepsister's Lament")

Cinderella and the fairy godmother were played by a mother and daughter, both with beautiful voices.  Also Becky  (a.k.a. fairy godmother) was the amazing seamstress who made all the costumes.  It's absolutely incredible what she could make out of old clothes and fabric from the secondhand clothes stores in Kainantu!

We got to help Cinderella with her magical transformation backstage.  We had four people helping and about 30 seconds to turn her from rags into this beautiful ball gown.  The dress, by the way, was made from two dresses and a curtain, all from the secondhand clothes store.  Becky did all the beading by hand.

Trying on the slipper.  This photo is a bit embarrassing because my foot is all dirty on the bottom.  I mean, my feet are dirty all the time here (sandals + dirt roads = yucky feet), but I should have thought to wash them before the performance.  Oh well...


Adrienne said...

Susan....we got to see the final dress rehearsal on Tuesday before we left. It was SO good. I can only imagine how great it was when you had a full audience.

I loved you and Sheena as the stepsisters. I laughed so hard. Thanks for all the effort you all put into this. It really was a great night out and I thought you were all so great!

Oh....and I didn't even notice your feet and if they were dirty. Guess we are all used to it in PNG. :)


Blaze said...

Is there anyway that we can see a bigger version of the picture of you trying on the glass slipper? When I click on it, it says that website for the picture cannot be found.