Raised in Cincinnati, Lauren Sprague grew up watching movie musicals on television and would sing and dance all around the house with dreams of someday being on stage.
To be in musicals is all that Sprague ever wanted to do. As proof that fairytales really can come true, Sprague will be alongside Cinderella as the beloved Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella comes to the Schuster Center, February 9 -14.
When the curtains rise, Sprague’s dreams come alive, especially in one particular magical scene. “My favorite part is getting to dance at the ball every night and literally get swept up off my feet. Plus I get to wear beautiful costumes designed by Tony award winners,” she said.
All of the story’s classic elements remain, but this updated version of Cinderella contains some more modern twists for all ages to enjoy. The show looks beyond the outer appearance of Cinderella but focuses more on her inner strengths. “Cinderella is about more than her just being the prettiest girl at the ball, but she is strong, with the strength to speak to the Prince and has morals. It’s empowering to women,” said Sprague.
To be part of such a magical production has blessed Sprague in a number of ways, including the growth of a more joyful spirit. She can’t help but be personally influenced by all the positive energy that radiates from Cinderella. “I love all type of musical theatre, but like Les Mis is a dark story, without maybe realizing it that being in it every night can make your life darker. This show has filled me with so much joy,” she said. “As an actor and as a person, this show has a great message to share every day. The themes of generosity and kindness does affect your life, when you are around it.”
A part of the ensemble, Sprague is also the understudy for the Fairy Godmother, which she got to play for six weeks while the part was being recast. To get to sing words written by Rodgers + Hammerstein was amazing for Sprague and the wisdom given by the fairy godmother struck a chord within her. “She tells Cinderella to believe in herself. We are all powerful and have the potential to do wonderful things, we just have to do it,” said Sprague.
Raised in West Chester, Sprague is excited to have many friends and family in attendance while performing at the Schuster Center for the first time. Cinderella is sure to spread joy to all those who attend February 9 – 14. Click here for details.
Mike Woody is a life long resident of Dayton, and has a passion for writing, which is good because he doesn't excel at much of anything else, except eating.