Random Lake High School's auditorium truly became a magical place as Lakeshore Productions, Inc., brought the Rodgers & Hammerstein version of Cinderella to life.
This show began a relationship between LPI and Charlie Krebs, a bond that remains strong today. At the time Krebs was the assistant professor of theatre and communications at UW-Sheboygan. He agreed to direct Cinderella and brought forth a remarkable cast of characters that included Mice, Rats, Fairies, Storytellers, Townspeople and "The Magic."
Amie Lousier played the title role of Cinderella, and Zachary Pledl was Prince Charming. Peggy Strang portrayed the evil stepmother with Amanda Ellis and Eileen McCormick as the nasty stepsisters. Jill Nehring was the fairy godmother.
Lynne Zimmerman was the music director and Christina Ratatori served as choreographer. Kristina Esch was the costume designer. A 17-member pit orchestra provided the music as the RLHS stage became a castle ballroom, thrilling full house audiences that included many small children. Out rolled the carriage, and a transformed servant girl became the belle of the ball…
In his director notes, Krebs said Cinderella is a story about hope. "Human beings with hope never stop reaching; those without it never start," he said. "The story you are about to witness is about that hope and the power it has to make a difference."
Cinderella was a success on many levels, including the box office. Professor Krebs brought along the organizational tools and procedures that shaped Lakeshore Productions, Inc. into a more professional organization.