NORFOLK, NE — Cinderella is a classic fairytale story, and every culture has their own version.
In the first week in April, The Norfolk Arts Center will be hosing the Dallas Children’s Theatre as they bring an African Cinderella-esque story to the stage at the Johnny Carson Theatre.
Program Coordinator for the Norfolk Art Center, Denise Hansen says the event brings out a large crowd.
“For the school matinees we bring in about 5,000 kids from all over northeast and north central Nebraska. We go as far as Atkinson and O’Neill. It’s a great circle around Norfolk that surrounds us. We appreciate those kids and we have a great following.”
Though the play is targeted mostly for elementary aged students, Hansen says it has quiet the reach. She says they are proud of how the community responds.
“Theatre for kids is extremely important for students around here because they may not get another opportunity like this. We get a ton of students that come that have never seen theatre before, they have never seen live performance. It’s our mission to fill that role and bring those kids in.”
Hansen says they use to have two plays for elementary age students in one day, but this year they will have one in the fall and one in the spring.
The play will be Thursday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. with another showing on Friday April 7 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $4 for the matinee and evening performance is a dollar more at $5.