TheatreUNI will present "Cinderella," the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical with a fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed into a princess.

Created by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein, with adaptations by Douglas Carter Beane, this hilarious and romantic musical combines the fairy tale’s classic elements – glass slippers, a magic pumpkin and a beautiful ball – along with some surprising twists and new characters.

More than just a young woman with the right shoe size, Ella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is spirited and savvy in her quest for kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. While Ella longs to escape the drudgery of home life with her step mother Madame, and step-sisters Gabrielle and Charlotte, she not only fights for her dreams, but also inspires Prince Topher to realize his own dreams and open his eyes to the world around him.

"Cinderella" will play at the Strayer Wood Theatre on the UNI campus Thursday, April 7, through Saturday, April 16.

There will also be two ability-inclusive performances on April 10 and April 16, at 2 p.m.

The ability-inclusive performances will offer a welcoming, supportive and engaging environment for children and adults with differing cognitive or developmental abilities, sensory sensitivities and dementia, along with their families and friends. These performances will feature non-restrictive seating options, sensory support, visual guides, designated quiet and activity spaces, relaxed audience “rules,” social stories, reductions in lighting and sound elements, and a downloadable app for use before, during or after the production.

Tickets for "Cinderella" are available now and can be purchased by visiting

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "Cinderella" is directed by Jim Bray and choreographed by guest artist Meghan McEleney. Gretta Berghammer is Ability Inclusive Coordinator.


Eric Lange, artistic director, TheatreUNI, 319-273-6833,


Eric Lange, artistic director, TheatreUNI