Head to Key City Public Theatre for a holiday show of hope, kindness and magic.

Key City Public Theatre is proud to present this year’s holiday show, “Cinderella.” Adapted from Charles Perrault’s classic folktale of hope, kindness and magic, this production combines splendor, slapstick and song in a unique all-ages holiday celebration of the girl whose goodness elevated her from rags to riches.

“Cinderella” runs December 3-28, 2014 at Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington Street, Port Townsend. December 3rd is a benefit preview night for Habitat for Humanity.

A New Angle on a Classic

Director Duncan Frost says that he was initially drawn to the story because of its simple message “to hope, to care, and to believe in magical possibility when all seems lost.” Although this sentiment lies at the root of his adaptation, Frost is also eager to reveal the more complex and enduring qualities of the Cinderella character. He says, “while she may lack the heroics of bolder modern heroines, it is a mistake to write her off as a sweet and simple Disney Princess.”

In the same light, Frost stresses the importance of making this a show that children as well as adults can enjoy. He says that “although the play is captivating enough for a young child, the script features quite a bit of humor directed at the adult audience. It really is a play that offers something for all tastes. It features immense beauty, broad physical comedy, tongue-in-cheek wit, a wonderful mélange of holiday music and a timeless tale of kindheartedness.”

Tickets ($10-$24) are available at the playhouse box office, by phone at (360) 385-5278, and online at keycitypublictheatre.org.

This performance is generously sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County, The Bazaar Girls, and author Nadine Feldman. Season sponsors are SOS Printing and Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar.

Note: The December 7th and 11th performances are pay-what-you-wish thanks to the PT Arts Commission. On December 14th KCPT partners with The Recyclery to offer anyone who rides a bike to the theater five dollars off admission or concessions.

Cruise Shows

This season, KCPT has partnered with Puget Sound Express to offer a new and exciting way to get to the playhouse — by boat! On December 13, 21, 26, and 27 theater patrons are invited to board a Puget Sound Express boat at Port Ludlow Marina and cruise to Key City Playhouse to attend a performance of “Cinderella.”

Three Family Shows

“Cinderella” is an all-ages show, and while children are invited to any of the performances, adults are encouraged to bring children to one of the three family shows, which feature special pricing, treats for the kids, and a chance to get pictures taken with characters on the stage! Family shows are at 2:30 pm on Sunday, December 14, 7:30 pm on Thursday, December 18, and 11:00 am on Saturday, December 20. Family show ticket prices are $3 for small child lap seating, $7 for ages 12 and under, $10 for ages 13-18, and $10 for any adult with a child. Note: These Family Show ticket prices are only available by phone 385-KCPT (5278) or in person at the playhouse box office.