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December 17, 2014

Sitting with Sue

by Erin Ellis

Following up with Cinderella, Theater Fest, and future plans for the drama department, we sit with Sue Aldridge. Her love of children’s shows comes to a screeching halt as her career as English teacher, drama teacher, and theater director at Centennial wind down these next two years.

Q: “What do you believe made Cinderella such a successful children’s show?”

A: “The joy from the children really fueled this show.” Aldridge says as she shuffles some papers. A stack about 3 inches high is retrieved from her bottom desk drawer. As she hands me the stack, she exclaims, “This is what really matters.”. This pile of papers included notes and pictures from every elementary school who came to the show. The smile across Aldridge’s face is priceless at this moment.

Q: “I have heard that this is the last children’s show, can you elaborate on that?”

A: “My husband, Bob, has an opportunity to go abroad for his job.” she explains that she would be going with him and that this time off would take up ten days of rehearsal time. She laughs, “We would simply never get the show done if we chose to do one.”

Q: “What has Cinderella meant to you?”

A: “The fact that we get to extend the run and do it at the state level is a big deal.” Aldridge explains with a smile from ear to ear. Cinderella has been presented the opportunity to be one of the ten chosen to go to Theater Fest and one of the four chosen to perform. Mrs. Aldridge explains with a heartfelt tone, “On a personal level it did everything it was supposed to do, because of the children who came to the show.”

Closing the Cinderella curtain, Aldridge is more than pleased with this production. Exceeding her own expectations of making a magical atmosphere for children, the feeling is more than satisfying. By taking Cinderella to the All-State level, this experience can truly be categorized as “the cherry on top”.

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