Family Fun Pack season has arrived at the theater, which explains the Rodgers and Hammerstein “Cinderella” at the Olney Theatre Center that looks like a 1960s Rankin-Bass TV kids’ special or vintage Disney. A magical forest is suggested by towering, emerald green treelike shapes that glide across the stage; Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage is a two-dimensional cutout that pops up from the floor.
The picture-book whimsy of James Fouchard’s design is complemented by the fairy-tale wit of Pei Lee’s costumes, which include tiny cartoonish crowns perched almost magically on the foreheads of the prince’s royal parents. The boldest getup is the daring pirate outfit for the evil Stepmother, played with Cruella de Vil venom by Donna Migliaccio. The villain’s ensemble is so delectable that you want to enjoy it piece by piece, from the long black skirt that manages to evoke vulture plumage to the leopard-print bodice and tricorn hat.
Does Lee also get credit for the fine, dark side curls on Migliaccio’s cheeks? (Snidely Whiplash called; he wants his mustache back.)