Desert Vista High School Theatre will take the stage performing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella.”

More than 50 students are involved with the production, showcasing diverse talent in the spectrums of acting, music and dance.

The production is under the direction of Kenneth Fajiman, and preparations for opening night began early January.

A good portion of the students involved with the musical are freshmen, which gives them a chance to dive into the performing arts program at Desert Vista.

Fajiman said he was always interested in younger students getting involved with performing early on, and invited any students who were willing to showcase their talents.

“It gives them the opportunity to get on stage and look forward to the future,” he said. “A musical is a different kind of beast. Not only are you dealing with the actors, but singers and dancers. It is an opportunity for them to work in collaboration and put together a production. They’re ready to go. Sure we all have the butterflies, but we use them to get on stage and get the energy up.”

Elisabeth Cobb, junior who was cast as Cinderella, has been involved with much of the musical aspect at the school’s fine arts program, and heard about auditions for “Cinderella” from a friend.

“He suggested that I try out and that it would be fun and it has been,” she said. “I enjoy the story … it’s a classic and the music is fantastic. I’m looking forward to performing and getting out there and have the bliss of performing.”

Since being involved with the Cinderella, Cobb has future plans on being involved with other theater performances at the school.

Senior Bryan Raiton, who’s cast as the king, said he was looking forward to being able to perform on the main stage at the school in front of a crowded audience.

He’s been involved with performing since his freshman year, and has enjoyed displaying his talents on stage.

“We have a very diverse range of shows we do,” Raiton said. “I gravitated more toward the king because he’s very funny.”

Desert Vista High School Theatre will be performing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella” on three separate days, Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 6 at 4 p.m. and Friday, March 7 at 4 p.m.

All three performances will take place in the Joe McDonald Auditorium at Desert Vista, 16440 S. 32nd St. Tickets for general admission are $7 and $5 for students. For more information about the production contact Tomika Bethea, Desert Vista High School assistant principal in charge of student activities, at (480) 706-7907.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.