Wednesday Wow: Spotlight on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella Star Paige Faure
Is it impossible for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage? Or maybe even a plain country bumpkin and a prince to join in marriage? Not for one fairy godmother and a girl down on her luck! From the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music comes Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, gracing Belk Theater starting Nov. 4. Tickets start at $20. Click here to get yours today!
This contemporary take on the classic tale won a 2013 Tony Award for best costume design and was nominated for best musical. It brings together family and friends with the idea that no wish or dream is too impossible to come true in front of your eyes!
The tale stars Ella, a girl down on her luck as she slaves away in a house run by her evil stepmother and two stepsisters, who one day dreams of bigger and better things! Her dreams are realized through the magic of a fairy godmother, a transformed pumpkin, and the famous glass slippers. Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover your inner child through your favorite songs and the message that anything is possible!
Creating her own magic as the star of the show is Paige Faure in the role of Ella! This feisty, inspiring performer (and mom) has been wowing theatergoers and performers since her Broadway debut as a lead understudy in the national tour of Aida. However, it wasn’t immediate stardom for this red wine and dark chocolate-loving dancer.
Growing up in the heart of Atlanta, Faure loved dance from the start; from a young age she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern dance at the Alpharetta Dance Theater. Then in high school, she added choir to her performance repertoire. Graduating from high school, she went up north and attended Marymount’s Manhattan Theater program for about a year before she put on her big-girl dance leggings and auditioned in the real world.
She landed the understudy lead role in the national tour of Aida as her first step into Broadway stardom! From that moment, her career took off like a smooth rocket launch. For years, she participated in national tours such as A Chorus Line and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as various regional shows, and even landed a role in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying alongside Daniel Radcliffe.
From an interview in 2011, Faure commented on how veteran Broadway performers have said she’s been “spoiled” as her rise to fame in the industry has been more positive than most! Her most recent project, before her role as Ella in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, was a lead role in the musical Bullets Over Broadway. She was able to complete most of the tour before her son, Hank, arrived!
Faure has an alter ego aside from her Broadway identity — as a mom and a wife. She gushes how much her son and her husband, Adam Monley, inspire her in her everyday life. She also gives another meaning to triple threat: she’s friendly, fit and fun! In between challenging choreography numbers and running around onstage, offstage she loves yoga, running and playing with her son. She actually even expressed interest in an earlier interview that she wants to get a massage therapy degree if given the time. Her tips on staying in shape? “All the old adages, really — eat right, sleep well, don’t drink too much, don’t smoke, breathe deep, smile whenever you can and be realistic with yourself … and love yourself and those around you as best you can.”
She’s a Star Wars geek and loves anything that seems French. She is known for her outgoing and energetic persona around cast and crew members while on tours. As a performer but a confident woman, she knows just how much self-esteem can play into a healthy life. She had this to say about being confident on stage and in life:
“Be versatile, be devoted, be curious, be prepared, be open to new ideas, and stay hydrated.”
You won’t want to miss seeing the lovely Faure star in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella playing in Belk Theater Nov. 4-9. This show teaches people of all ages to believe in the beauty of your dreams, and that with just a pinch of faith and magic, anything is possible!