GTA presents steampunk retelling of ‘Cinderella’

Rodgers+Hammerstein's Cinderella. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. New Book by Douglas Carter Beane. Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II.

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance will perform Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved classic, Cinderella, Nov. 10-18, at Brenau University’s Hosch Theatre, located inside the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a contemporary retelling of the classic tale that has enchanted audiences for generations. The story follows young Ella, who dreams of a life beyond the confines of her stepmother’s cruel grip. With the help of her fairy godmother, Ella transforms, overcoming adversity and finding love in the most unexpected of places. This age-old story of hope, magic and the power of dreams captures hearts with its delightful characters and

memorable songs. The show is recommended for general audiences.

Director Ste Clough, Brenau assistant professor of musical theatre, delves deep into the construct of time, melding the beloved tale with the mechanical intricacies and Victorian aesthetics of steampunk. 

Jordan Ray, center, rehearses lines for Cinderella.
Jordan Ray rehearses with the cast of ‘Cinderella.’ Photo by Keri McClain.

“This production intends to highlight the various facets of the construct of time, giving it an exploded view into the inner workings of a Renaissance clock,” Clough says. “The use of cogs and gears with the aesthetics of steampunk, rotate and create a movement of time in which our space is set and our story is told.”

Jordan Ray, a Brenau junior, said he hopes audiences enjoy the twist on this classic tale as much as he enjoys performing the role of Sebastian.

“Taking on this role has been so fun, and though Sebastian is somewhat the villain of the show, he’s not an evil person,” Ray said. “He makes bad decisions, but truly cares for the Prince and it has been fun navigating this as an actor alongside all the comedic relief he brings.” 

Audiences are invited to attend the free opening night reception, which takes place following the evening performance on Nov. 10, which will be catered by Two Dog Restaurant. Tickets for the show range from $18 to $30 and are available for purchase at or by calling the GTA Box Office at 678-717-3624.

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance is a collaborative effort between the theater departments of Brenau University and the University of North Georgia.