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Cinderella at The Fulton in Lancaster, PA - A Holiday Experience

Melissa Frost

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I recently went to see Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Fulton in Lancaster, PA. The production takes place on the main stage, and it was a beautiful experience from beginning to end.

Being able to watch any show, play, or concert live is something I will never take for granted after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Talented cast

For me, the voice of the fairy godmother, played by Anneliza Canning-Skinner stuck out. The Michigan graduate has an incredible voice and it was beautiful listening to her singing.

Seeing Cinderella, played by Manna Nichols be lifted up in the magical carriage built exclusively for the Fulton Theatre in New York, was probably one of the top highlights among the young visitors at the theatre.

The handcrafted costumes used for the play were outstanding. It felt like the entire cast was literally wearing art. The sparkly dresses, and over-the-top hats made the experience even richer. Just like the buttery and sweet icing on the cake.

The entire cast is highly professional and talented, and it was amazing seeing the holiday season production Cinderella live, in person at the Fulton.

A landmark

The Fulton Theatre on Prince Street is a landmark in the city of Lancaster, PA. Back in 1852, Christopher Hager, a Lancaster merchant and civic leader wanted to create a building that would serve as a community center for meetings, lectures, concerts, and theatrical performances in the county. The Fulton Theatre was built on the foundation of Lancaster’s pre-Revolutionary jail. He commissioned the renowned Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan to create this building. It was named Fulton Hall, after the county’s steam engine pioneer, Robert Fulton.

The world has changed a lot in the past year, and so has The Fulton Theatre. Renovations have been completed in order to be able to welcome their guest back into a safe place. The pandemic is the first time in the building’s long history, through the Civil War, WWI, and WWII, that it has been closed for the community.

Masks required

COVID-19 precautions: Masks are required at the Fulton and must be worn at all times, except while eating or drinking in the theatre or lobby areas.

The runtime of Cinderella is about 2 hours and 20 minutes. This includes a 20-minute intermission. The

The Cinderella production runs until January 2nd. I can highly recommend visiting the Fulton during the holiday season. Some dates are sold out, but there are many open dates as well.

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