When Brooklyn Boice was a little girl one of her favorite pastimes was to pretend to be a Disney princess. One day she would wake up and be Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” and the next day she might feel more like Snow White. But her favorite princess and the one that she would play most often was Cinderella.
The story of the put upon young girl who finds her prince with the help of her fairy godmother and some plucky mice thrilled Brooklyn so much that her grandmother made her a costume to wear to give her playtime an air of authenticity.
Now, the 15-year-old is getting the chance to play Cinderella one more time as the lead in Turlock Youth Performing Arts’ production of “Disney’s Cinderella.”
“I am so excited about this role,” Brooklyn said. “When I auditioned for the show I was hoping I would get the part, but there were a lot of girls there, so I wasn’t sure. When I found out I got it, it was kind of like a dream come true.”
Brooklyn may have been unsure about her chances at landing the lead role, but from her very first audition she was making a good impression on the directorial staff.
“She came in ready and showed us what she could do,” said production assistant Ethan Hennes. “When she sang, I felt like animals could come in and start doing her chores for her.”
The Hughson High School student has had other roles in TYPA productions but this is her first lead role, she said.
The pressure to give a great performance may be mounting on Brooklyn’s petite shoulders, but she appears to be unfazed by it.
“I’m learning so much about acting, like how to adjust to different situations and for singing I’m getting tips on how to control my voice,” Brooklyn said. “I’m having a real fun time with it.”
When the curtain rises on April 27 for opening night Brooklyn will once again get to play Cinderella and she’ll even be in a dress sewn by her grandmother.
“I’m just really excited for it to start,” she said.