Theater Performance was interrupted by fire alarm

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By Liz Warren

Things between Cinderella and the Prince really got hot. Twenty minutes in to the second act of Arizona Opera’s Saturday matinee Performance of Giaocchino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) at the Orpheum Theatre, a fire censor was tripped in the dressing room area, halting the performance and requiring 1,200 attendees to evacuate. Cast, audience, chorus, orchestra and stagehands all exited the theatre as the Phoenix Fire Department arrived to investigate. Cinderella, the Prince and the Evil Stepsisters all posed for photos with the fire truck, signed autographs and entertained the crowd until the all-clear was given to re-enter the theater. General and Artistic Director Joel Revzen welcomed the audience back to their seats, saying, “This proves opera really is hot.” As the curtain opened, tenor Bradley Williams (in the role of The Prince) paused and said to Cinderella, “Now, where was I?” As the cast resumed the performance, lines from the opera took on new meaning, causing the audience to roar with laughter as the chorus sang, “What to do, what to do?” and the prince’s valet sang, “I knew the second act would have some changes.” The unusual performance concluded without further interruption. “La Cenerentola” plays through Sunday evening in downtown Phoenix.