LIMA — A bit of Broadway came to Lima Sunday.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Cinderella” delighted audiences both young and old in a special performance of the beloved story at Veterans Memorial Civic Center. More than 1,100 tickets were sold for the performance.
The production was made possible through the efforts of the Civic Center Foundation.
“The foundation has really stepped it up big time. Last year, a little bit this year, definitely. We’re setting the standard. We’re going to bring in four show Broadway seasons every year from now until the foreseeable future. This is what we want to be routine for Lima. We want our Lima theater fans to know that we’re going to bring in four quality Broadway performances every year for them,” said Abe Ambroza, CEO of Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
While the road crew was setting up the stage for Sunday’s performance, a block away, at ArtSpace Lima, youngsters were enjoying a Cinderella related activity.
“We’ve got kids activities before the production of Cinderella at the Civic Center, and what we’re doing is making crowns — girls and boys crowns and scepters — and coloring sheets with Cinderella motifs. We’ve got that and face painting going on, so we’re building up a little bit of enthusiasm with the family activity before the performance,” said Sally Windle, executive director of ArtSpace Lima.
ArtSpace Lima isn’t usually open on Sundays, but this event was specially designed for families.
“This is something we’re doing as a downtown partnership, kind of build the excitement but then also being good partners and good stewards of what materials are given to us, and it’s sponsored by Dominion Energy and it’s all in the fun for the Cinderella production,” said Windle.
Andrea Scheckelhoff, an employee of ArtSpace Lima, brought her eight-year-old, Anya Thomason, to the event.
“My daughter enjoys coming here to do activities and classes and things like that. I think it’s perfect. I think it’s a wonderful idea to collaborate with neighboring businesses and things like that. It’s a fun time and a fun experience,” said Scheckelhoff.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.