When planning this year's Grove City High School spring musical, English teacher Stefanie McConnell said the goal was to find something a little lighter after previous productions of "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera."

The selection fits as easily as Cinderella's glass slipper.

In fact, it is "Cinderella."

The school's production of the 2013 Broadway adaptation of the classic fairy tale will be presented April 6-9, with shows at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for seniors and children younger than age 5. Admission for Top 55 Club card holders is free.

"We wanted a change of pace," said McConnell, who is directing the musical with Nicholas Klein, the high school's director of choirs, and Jason Graham, band director.

"The last two musicals we did were heavy, intense type of shows," she said. "'Cinderella isn't as serious. There are a lot of big chorus songs so more students can be involved. There are some great dance numbers and, of course, a happy ending."

The musical, featuring music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein and a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, "is a very different version from the Disney version," McConnell said.

Behind the fairy-tale setting, the revised play features a more modernized heroine and message, she said.

"Cinderella isn't the one being rescued in this version," McConnell said. "She's the one helping the prince make his kingdom a better place. She wants everyone to show kindness to others."

"She's not a damsel in distress, that's for sure," said senior Natalie Seitz, who portrays Cinderella.

"Cinderella is much more contemporary in our musical," she said. "I love doing this show, because Cinderella was always one of my favorite stories.

"But I can relate to her in this version a lot more," Seitz said. "I think of myself as a feminist and not someone who needs to be taken care of. That's the same with Cinderella -- she's a take-charge type of person."

One of the most enjoyable aspects of doing this show is the chance to participate in large ensemble songs, she said.

"The best part of being in a school musical is always getting to work with and become friends with so many people," Seitz said.

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