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New Cinderella spin

Youth on Target Theater Company presents a new take on “Cinderella,” playing in Brooklyn, June and July. Veering from the familiar Disney telling, this production offers children a relatable tale rooted in the Italian tradition of the classic story.

There are no dancing mice or transforming pumpkins in this “Cinderella.” Rather than scrubbing floors and feeding chickens, our would-be heroine spends her days mourning the death of her father, while avoiding her mother and her ridiculous sisters. She hides in her room, reading and imagining what her life could have been. But with the help of a Fairy Godmother, determined to return Cinderella to happiness, she may attend the ball after all.

The Youth on Target production, under the direction of New York University Educational Theater graduate Isabel Steuble-Johnson, incorporates fantastic costumes designed by Philadelphia artist Liz Goldberg and her students at Philadelphia University. “Cinderella” also brings together a fresh-faced cast of New York City children’s theater actors.

All performances are at 2 p.m. They are at Chez Bushwick, 304 Boreum Street, June 28 and July 12 and at the Bushwick Starr, 207 Starr Street in Brooklyn, July 19-20 and 26-27.

Youth on Target is a children’s theater company formed in the summer of 2006 to create unconventional performances that are both family-friendly and provocative. For information, visit or call 646-752-5291.

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