The Poteet Theatre at St. Luke's Church has a comprehensive arts education program that features classes and private lessons in voice, acting, piano and guitar. The summer children's productions provide younger students with excellent experience and pair those with limited experience with more advanced students.
Director/choreographer Shawna Linck had the daunting task of assembling eight casts for the Poteet's current production of “Cinderella.” The lead actors play ensemble cast members on their “off” nights so everyone gets a variety of experiences.
With more than 150 cast members, it is impossible to recognize every Cinderella and wicked stepmother performing, yet regardless of age and experience, all give an even performance with poise and clarity.
One audience member pointed out that anyone with kids should consider taking them, adding that the “children dressed as mice are cute as buttons.”
The production I saw Daraja Stewart as Cinderella. Her interpretation gave substance to the character. Stewart has a sweet voice and lovely presence. Phoebe Hunter was the beautiful Fairy Godmother and the combined sweetness of the pair was delightfully offset by the wicked stepmother and sisters.
Kayla Jennings developed a saccharine, cruel streak for the stepmother and the sisters were played by Jordan Absher as Anastasia and Margaret Patterson as Drizilla. Patterson's flamboyance and Absher's irritating whine created a lot of fun. Prince Charming was deliciously portrayed by Dakota Muckelrath, with Joe Grotta as the emotionally retarded King and Ben White as his trusty retainer.
— Elizabeth Hurd