Going Beyond the Script
Cinderella Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives
written by: Melanie Simmons
There are so many versions of this classic fairy tale available that there’s endless ways to stage the beloved story of one of the most beloved rags-to-riches stories of all time. Whether you’re going for a more “Disney-esque” feel for younger audiences or leaning more in the direction of the classic Rogers and Hammerstein version, TheatreWorld has all the backdrops you need to make your own personal vision of this timeless musical come to life.
The Rogers and Hammerstein version opens in the square of a sleepy country village, where a herald announces to the common folk that the royal family is hosting a ball. Everyone is invited to celebrate the Prince’s birthday. The villagers are abuzz with this news, especially the ladies, who are thrilled at the possibility of meeting the handsome and very eligible Prince. Only Cinderella seems to be exempt from the excitement; not only is she mourning the death of her beloved father, but her stepmother and stepsisters make it clear that Cinderella is no better than a simple serving girl who has no business dreaming of balls and princes. A bright medieval village would beautifully contrast our heroine’s sadness or you can amplify those undertones by going with a rich, colorful village square backdrop instead.
Elsewhere in the castle, the Prince himself also seems to be unmoved by all the excitement. While the King and Queen hope the Prince will find himself a bride, the Prince is daunted at the thought of all those eager gold diggers throwing themselves at him. Though his life is one of ease and wealth, as evoked by this lavish palace arch backdrop, the Prince has worries of his own.
In her humble home, Cinderella watches her spiteful and nasty stepmother and stepsisters getting ready for the ball, their heads full of dreams and expectations of a royal proposals. Before long, they leave her behind to her fireplace and her cinders, but in her mind she’s going to the ball anyway, her active imagination filling in the details. Don’t forget this backdrop, featuring the essential fireplace that gives Cinderella comfort as well as her unique moniker.
Cinderella wishes so greatly to attend the royal ball that a fairy godmother appears and grants her wish, transforming her rags into a splendid gown and a pumpkin into a glittering carriage. If you’re going for a Disney-feel, this might happen in a moonlit forest glen instead of before the fireplace. Let your imagination run free as you stage this iconic scene!
Castle and Ballroom
With strict instructions to return home before midnight, Cinderella is whisked off to the castle, where she makes a show-stopping entrance. A vision in her magical dress, Cinderella dances with the Prince to the awe of every bystander and, before long, the Prince is completely smitten with the mysterious beauty. There is no reason to hold back here on your staging; the more magical the setting, the more your audience will also be swept away by the magic and the romance. TheatreWorld offers several backdrops with lush, sweeping stairways perfect for Cinderella’s entrance.
Time flies and before Cinderella can even believe it, the clock is striking midnight and her time with the Prince is up. Despite his protestations, she flees before her magic runs out, but not before leaving behind a devastated Prince alone on the palace steps…and also a distinctive slipper. Having nothing else to go on, the Prince vows to use the slipper to find the mysterious woman who has captured his heart.
The next day, Cinderella’s house is buzzing with the events of the previous night. When Cinderella unintentionally reveals her too-accurate knowledge of the events of the ball to her conniving step-family, her step-mother hides her away to make sure the Prince doesn’t know of her existence when he shows up at their doorstep with a slipper for every young maiden in the house to try on. But the magic hasn’t abandoned Cinderella just yet and, through a twist of fate (which varies depending on which version you stage), she tries on the slipper and it’s a perfect fit.
True Love Wins Out
The Prince and Cinderella marry in all the splendor of royalty, to the eternal chagrin of the step-mother and step-sisters. This epic tale of a princess hiding inside a sweet, common girl and karma having its way with those who tormented her, always ends with everything being made right, and our Prince and new Princess living happily ever after. With this fairy-tale castle backdrop, everything is now bright and right with the world.
One of the earliest and most iconic of the Disney princesses, this story never fails to inspire and enchant all audiences, no matter how many ways in which the tale is told. Take hold of your own fate and let TheatreWorld help you bring your own unique vision to life through our Signature Series of backdrops and designs. Click on chat or call us today to see how we can complement your production.