The tale of Cinderella is filled with magic and awe. Little girls often dream about meeting their own princes after seeing the beloved tale.
Between Nov. 10-12 and 17-19, Corban University’s theatre department, under the leadership of Director Tamara McGinnis, will partner with the Corban School of Music to stage the classic fairy tale for an appreciative audience. While the show will stay true to the magic and fun of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the money raised is going to a far more serious cause, Shared Hope International, based in Vancouver, Wash.
“There are women and children all over the world, including the United States, who are being held as slaves and don’t have a fairy godmother to rescue them,” McGinnis said. “I learned about the issue of slavery last summer…but didn’t know how I could help. The woman who spoke told us we can use our talents and gifts to reach these forgotten people.”
While McGinnis didn’t have cash to spare, she knew that, with the help of Corban students and staff, she could make an impact. Within weeks, she chose to use “Cinderella” as the catalyst.
“Cinderella is the story of a young woman who loses her family and is then kept away as a servant,” McGinnis said. “Thankfully, she was rescued by her fairy godmother and had a fairy tale life in the end, which isn’t the case for tens of thousands of American and foreign-born women and children.”
The money donated to Shared Hope International will be used to help women coming out of sexual slavery to recover and readjust to new lives. Without active support including housing, job training and other basic necessities, McGinnis said many return to their old way of life.
Ultimately, McGinnis and David Sanford, Corban’s director of communications and public relations, hope to spark a Cinderella campaign. The campaign will invite other schools and theatre groups to donate part of their Cinderella musical proceeds to the anti-human trafficking organization of their choice.
To see a list performance days and times, click here.