Students and BYU-Idaho faculty members have been working together to produce the play “This Castle Needs a Good Scouring” that is a children’s production and a spin off of the original Cinderella story.
J. Omar Hansen of the BYU-Idaho theatre department wrote the play in 1990.
Hansen said that the play won a playwriting competition at the University of Nevada, where it played for two years.
He said this is the first time they have done a children’s theatre production as a main stage production.
“It’s a play with music, and this time I have written all new music,” he said. “This will be the first time its ever been done as a full musical.”
Hansen said this play is pure comedy, a night of laughs for children of all ages.
“The main theme is love — all the aspects of love and what we love in life,” Hansen said.
He said all the characters in the play are looking for love, and they make fun of how a person finds love.
“The king, who is a miser, openly shows love by loving his money,” Hansen said. “Everybody else in the play is looking to find that person to love. Even the wicked step-sister finds love.”
Hansen said he hasn’t gone away from the idea of the love that was originally shown in Cinderella.
“Cinderella loves to clean, she’s intent on cleaning day in and day out,” Hansen said. “Only when she falls in love does she finally put down her feather duster.”
Dava Tuttle, a senior studying theater performance, who plays the fairy godmother in the play, said this is her second production she’s been involved with.
“I really enjoy performing for children, they have such a vivid imagination,” Tuttle said.
Tuttle said she hopes people are interested in the show, and the cast has been working hard to make it a fun and lively show.
Hansen said he hopes the satire of love within the play will make people think.
“It’s a play that was written for fun, and it’s meant for people to have a good time,” Hansen said. “It’s entertainment with a little bit of a satirical bend to it.”
The show will premiere Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Black Box Theatre.