Twenty-Seven Dresses...and Counting
Spanish Fork Junior High’s spring production of Cinderella featured the singing talents of Katrina Ashment, Sariah Lee, Madeline Stocks, and Joey Shearer, humorous slapstick exchanges between Elizabeth Mitchell, Holly Leavitt, and Kenny VanAusdal, a regal rapport between Jaden Jensen and Erica Gebert, and the enthusiasm of an incredible chorus which included nearly thirty young singers and dancers. However, this particular rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical also featured the talents of a devoted teacher who spent countless hours sewing intricate ball gowns, gold-embroidered jackets, and a myriad of simple dresses just so the show could go on. Miss Holley admits that her obsession for “pretty things” drove her to make and alter more than twenty-seven of the dresses used in the Cinderella performance. “I think people would have a heart attack if they knew how much of my own time (and money) I invest,” Holley admitted when happily reflecting on the show’s success.
For more than fifteen years, Kris Holley has been inspiring her students as she leads by example, giving her all to every performance. Whether she is spending an entire Saturday creating an exquisite gown, or staying at the school well into the wee hours to ensure the backdrop is “just right,” Holley instills confidence in both cast and crew as they experience with her, a job well done. This was evident to anyone who enjoyed this year’s Cinderella musical. It was a feast for the eyes and music to the ears for all who were lucky enough to attend.
Thanks to all of the students, teachers, and family members who supported this amazing production. And a special thanks to Mr. Ferrin and the wonderful tech crew who provided the behind-the-scenes magic!