Cinderella Synopsis

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Cinderella is faithful re-telling of the classic fairytale. Living with a cruel stepmother and two stepsisters, Cinderella longs for a better life. Cinderella is living happily with her mother and father until her mother dies. Cinderella's father remarries a cold, cruel woman who has two daughters, Drizella and Anastasia. When the father dies, Cinderella's wicked stepmother turns her into a virtual servant in her own house. Meanwhile, across town in the castle, the King determines that his son the Prince should find a suitable bride and provide him with a required number of grandchildren. So the King invites every eligible maiden in the kingdom to a fancy dress ball, where his son will be able to choose his bride. Cinderella realises that she can go, and the stepmother says that she can if she gets all her work done and can find something suitable to wear. There is much emphasis on the "if" though, and a work-ridden Cinderella doesn't even have a chance to start smartening up her mother's wedding dress into a nice ball gown. The mice and the birds, however realise that they can get the dress ready for her ("The Work Song"), and Jaques and Gus help find some extra-trimming. However, this extra-trimming comes from some of Anastasia and Drizella's old clothes that were found lying about, and when Cinderella presents herself ready, the evil stepmother in a subtle yet powerful manner points this out to her daughters, who in anger, rip the trimming of Cinderella's new gown, leaving it in tatters.Completely upset, Cinderella runs into the garden and cries upon a bench, feeling all hope is lost. Yet at that moment, Cinderella's fairy godmother appears, and with the wave of a magic wand, helps prepare Cinderella for the ball Soon, the clock strikes midnight, and Cinderella remembers she must leave. As she rushes out, one of her slippers falls off. The Prince sees it, and decides to find Cinderella by searching for the owner of the shoe. Soon the prince arrives in...
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