Southern Arkansas University’s Upward Bound program will present the play, “If the Shoe Fits, Buy It,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Harton Theatre.
The play is written by Michelle Raskey and directed by Larry Dunn, director of choral activities for the Magnolia School District.
In this comedic spin on the classic tale, we meet Cinderella, the fast-talking sales dynamo of the Castle Shopping Network (CSN). As the winner of the Fairytale Land Advertising Award Necklace (FLAAN) for several years running, she is the apple of her stepmother’s eye. After all, CSN is a family business, and Cinderella’s stepmother is the CEO and her biggest fan. Now, those pesky stepsisters have invented a product so popular they just might take the top sales spot at this year’s FLAAN Ball! Merry Mike, who wears tacky Christmas sweaters year-round, also dreams of winning the coveted award. Who will emerge as victor at the FLAAN Ball this year, living happily ever after?
The cast includes Kenadi Savannah, a junior at El Dorado High School, as Cinderella; Traci Stafford, also a junior at El Dorado High School, as Jacky Beans; Jason Cooper, a senior at Camden Fairview High School, as Gilman; Sharissa Olivarez, also a junior at Camden Fairview High School, as Daphnina; Diamond Muldrow, a junior at Magnolia High School, as Agatha; Jacqueline Culley, a junior at Hope High School, as Beulah, and Matthew Hall, a junior at Taylor High School, as Mike.
Crew members include Denzel Jackson, a junior at Magnolia High School; Raedeshia Tucker, a junior at Magnolia High School; Rashad Hartsfield, a senior at Magnolia High School, and Tomothias Smith, a junior at Magnolia High School.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Upward Bound is a federally funded program for low income and/or first generation college-bound high school students. SAU’s program is designed to generate the academic skills and motivation that will enable each participant to complete a secondary educational program, subsequently gain admission to and successfully complete a post-secondary training program.
It provides academic tutoring, counseling, career orientation, and cultural and social enrichment activities to 180 south Arkansas high school students who reside within a 50-mile radius of the University.