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JP Lord Students Present "Cinderella"

JP Lord students recently performed "Cinderella: The JP Lord Way" for parents, staff and the community thanks to a grant from the Omaha Schools Foundation.

Under the direction of local writer, actor and producer Fran Sillau, students presented a down-home, hillbilly adaptation of the classic fairy tale. In this version, Cinderella lives on a farm and is befriended by barnyard animals that, along with Cinderella's fairy godmother, help her attend the royal ball. There, she meets and falls in love with Prince Charming and the two eventually marry. Unlike the original version of the story, however, the newlyweds decide to live on the farm with Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters rather than in the royal castle.

Sillau, who wrote the screenplay, has an extensive background in theater for youth and conducts arts education professional development workshops for teachers across the country. To date, he has conducted workshops in Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Dakota, Tennessee, New York and Washington. Another focus of Sillau's work is conducting workshops for youth with physical and developmental disabilities to help them discover the power within themselves.

Click here to see a photo slideshow from the performance!

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