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New Phoenix stages a reimagined 'Cinderella'

Chances are you've never seen a "Cinderella" quite like this before.

The New Phoenix Theatre's take on the classic fairy tale has been retooled and reimagined by innovative director Kelli Bocock-Natale. Based on a version of the show Bocock-Natale wrote for children while she was in graduate school, the new twist on the story will feature plenty of physical theater and some gender-bending to boot.

The title role will be played by Jamie Nablo with New Phoenix favorite Eric Rawski taking on the role of Cinderella's stepmother and Sean Murphy and Michael Wachowiak playing her evil stepsisters. Ray Boucher, Caitlin Coleman, Alejandro Gomez and Daniel Williams also star.

"It's very fun and very physical," said Bocock-Natale, who said she's been hoping to do a kid-friendly piece since her production of "Peter Pan" in 2011. "There's a touch of panto in there. It's just a lively little piece that I think people will really enjoy, and I think kids will like it because it doesn't stop."

"Cinderella": Nov. 17 through Dec. 16 in the New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park. Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 853-1334 or visit newphoenixtheatre.org.

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