UNW's Kari Steinbach directs "La Bella Cinderella" at Fringe Festival

from White Bear Press

Local playwright’s adaptation of Cinderella at Fringe Festival

by Kristine Goodrich/Editor

A week after it premiered in Maryland, White Bear Lake playwright Claudia Haas’ award-winning Cinderella adaptation is part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

“La Bella Cinderella” is an interactive play for younger children loosely based on the opera “La Cenerentola” (an Italian version of the Cinderella fairy tale). In Haas’ version, Cenerentola is a temperamental young woman, the villain is a clown and the prince is a servant in disguise. Audience members are invited on stage to help clean for the ball, make headdresses for the step-sisters and save Cenerentola and her prince from a wild boar.

Directing the Fringe Festival production of “La Bella Cinderella” is Shoreview resident Kari Steinbach, an area director, actress and teacher. The two have never worked together but Haas said she “trusts her implicitly.” They’ve known each other for a few years, after Haas admired Steinbach’s performance in a Lakeshore Players production and Steinbach invited Haas as a guest speaker at one of her theater classes at the University of Northwestern. ...more