Thursday, July 22 will see the opening of Belfast Maskers magical musical fairytale “Cinderella,” based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein television show that starred a young Julie Andrews (and, later, Lesley Ann Warren) in the title role. The show will be presented outdoors on the waterfront 7 p.m. daily through July 31, weather permitting.

The Maskers’ Cinderella, as played by summer intern Elise Morrow-Schap, is every bit as beautiful and talented as she takes on such songs as “Lovely Night,” “My Own Little Corner” and “Do I Love You.” The dashing Nick Abounader is Prince Charming, and other principal roles are played by Belfast’s Linda Parent, Linda Leppenan and local teens Savannah and Kendall Szumilas. Marina Macho and Matt McDonald are featured as the King and Queen. Maskers regular Erik Perkins handles the roles of Herald and Steward, and Eric Marshall portrays the singing Chef.

This fun-filled musical is directed by Maskers artistic director Aynne Ames. Lincoln Blake is the accompanist and Iveagh Gott choreographed the many dances, ably assisted by Belfast teen intern Clare Olson. An additional 30 local thespians make up the chorus of adults, teens and children.

The charming classic comes to life on a set designed by Christopher Moore on the newly constructed Festival Stage created by John Bilenberg in Steamboat Landing park. The setting could not be more beautiful as the sun goes down and the moon comes up over scenic Belfast Bay and the strains of Richard Rodgers music float across the green. This romantic experience is suitable for the entire family and runs for 10 consecutive nights.

Tickets $20, $10 for teens and $5 for children younger than 13. They are available at the park one hour before shows; by calling the box office, 338-9668; or at Yo Mamma’s Home, 96 Main St. For more information, visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to