Unexpected because unlike most fairy tales, “Cinderina” didn’t have an ounce of romance. The play was nevertheless rich in laughs and, also unexpectedly, delicious cakes.

With several standout characters and an unexpected Cinderella spinoff plot, Mount Shasta High School’s “Cinderina” was a hit last week with children and adults alike.

Unexpected because unlike most fairy tales, “Cinderina” didn’t have an ounce of romance. The play was nevertheless rich in laughs and, also unexpectedly, delicious cakes.

Bliss Powers anchored the show as Cinderina, who is living in the castle’s dungeon, making delectable treats with castoffs from the royal kitchen, often procured the janitor, Hans (Chris Rees). A series of events is put into motion when The Queen of Regentsberg, played by Adriana Lujan, visits the dungeon and tries one of Cinderina’s cakes.

The deliciousness of the cake makes her realize how awful Royal Chef Gaston’s food actually is (he’s been using glue in his food, rather than flour, to make it more revolutionary). The eccentric Gaston is played to perfection by Adriana Lujan, assisted by Mrs. Holtz (Madison Mauro).

The Queen decides she’d like an apple spice cake for her son (Sam Shelly’s) 21st birthday and asks Cinderina to make one. Of course, Gaston is crushed and so is The Duchess of Ravensberg (Madeline Moore), who wants her own daughters to catch the prince’s eye even though they can’t bake a lick.

Although it took a couple of minutes to figure out, the ugly stepsisters, Girda and Bertha, were played by Sean Feil and Matthew Ellerbe with perfect comedic timing. Madeline Moore, as The Duchess of Ravensberg completed the hilarious trio.

Manuel Johnson, as The Lord Chancellor, was a narrator of sorts and added his own comedic touch to the role. Asher Aguirre and Jenna Gigliotti shone as Gunter and Marie, villagers who are taking cooking lessons from Cinderina.

Gunter’s cake ends up saving the day, as the stepsisters and their mother eat Cinderina’s, which is to be entered into a kingdom-wide competition to decide who will henceforth be the head of the royal kitchens.

Luckily, Gunter’s delicious cake is selected by the Prince of Regentsberg, and it is decided that not only will Cinderina be the head of the royal kitchens, but the villagers’ goods – such as Mrs. Flugen’s flour – will be used in the castle, thereby reviving the local economy.

Maya Rawitch rounds out the cast as Mrs. Flugen along with Emma Ferchaud as Mrs. Overwhelm.

Directed by Sue Villarreal, the play left everyone smiling (and a little hungry).

Many more photos of all cast members can be found in a photo gallery online at mtshastanews.com