Summer Children’s Theater 2009

8th Annual Production Brings Cinderella to the West Roxbury Library

On two special days in August, after two weeks of hard work, nearly forty children took part in a delightful presentation of the classic story Cinderella. Ranging in grades from first through ninth, the students were involved in everything from adapting the script to making the sets to publicizing the event to acting the roles. Numerous parent volunteers assisted in the details of the process (including Flo Scott-Hiser, who took charge of the sets and props). The entire show was skillfully organized and overseen by this year’s director, Katie Fornaro (who has acted in this very summer theater the previous seven years). Katie, a theater major, will be a senior at the Boston Arts Academy in fall 2009.

Children’s librarian Gwen Fletcher conceived of the summer theater program, and each year she visits neighborhood schools in the spring to encourage children to audition. The support of the Friends of the West Roxbury Library makes the summer theater possible.

Production Staff and Cast

Director: Katie Fornaro

Assistant director: Erina Li

Script adaptation: May Elizabeth Peters

Choreography: Emily Brown, Hannah Brown

Tech Crew: Cole Hermida, Nathan Hermida

Set Crew: Joseluis Rodriguez, George Welchin

Publicity/Programs: Mary Gorman, Sandra Serkess

Cinderella: Grace Scott-Hiser

Griselda: Ariel Grubb

Prunella: Vre Nguyen

Fairy Godmother: Eleni Haberis

Wicked Stepmother: Patricia McCann

Prince: Christopher Dew

King: Gustavo Novelle-Ruddy

Queen: Skylar LaCroix

Duke: James Tracey

Attendants: Abby Bowers, Miranda Grubb, Frances Tracey

Ballroom Guests: Kate Bowers, Lynda Bowers, Eleni Haberis, Ciabha Kelleher, Samantha Litster

Cats: Julianna Abramson, Greta Griffin, Mia Grimes

Mice: Jennifer Buxton, Paulina Curtin, Katie Emery, Kaitlyn Reynolds, Shelby Sherman

Pumpkins: Norah Aalto, Rachel Ely, Nora Laoui, Teresa Tracey

Director Katie Fornaro is all smiles as she hands out programs.

Director Katie Fornaro is all smiles as she hands out programs.

The king and queen greet guests as they enter for the evening’s ball.

The king and queen greet guests as they enter for the evening’s ball.


The mice who draw Cinderella’s coach prepare to take the stage.

The mice who draw Cinderella’s coach prepare to take the stage.

Cinderella’s pumpkin “coach” enters the show.

Cinderella’s pumpkin “coach” enters the show.