Hudson -- Cinderella would never have made it the ball without her Fairy Godmother, but what if her Fairy Godmother ate some bad potato salad and had food poisoning?

The Hudson High School Drama Department children's play, "Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother," explores that scenario.

The play, by Ed Monk, will be staged Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Hudson High School auditorium. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the bookstore and at the door.

The familiar Cinderella fairy tale has a new twist. On the night of the royal ball, Cinderella needs the help of her Fairy Godmother to transform her rags into a beautiful gown and a pumpkin into a carriage so she can meet her one true love, Prince Charming. Unfortunately, her Fairy Godmother ate some bad potato salad.

A scented candle saleswomen, Lucretia Fossilwart, steps up to become the Substitute Fairy Godmother.

The cast includes freshman Kate Greer as Cinderella and sophomore Alex Barton as Prince Charming. Senior Haley Binford is the Substitute Fairy Godmother, Lucretia.

Other cast members include seniors Nate Capanna as Fabio, Rachel Twardzik as Fabreeze, Courtney Centrello as The Boss, Madison Romano as Maurice, Will Ennis as Merwin, Molly Millsaps as Queen Shania, and Kelsie Adams as Pinocchio; juniors Regan Ferrell as Alberta, Natalie Dalea as The Royal Messenger, Cassie Downie as Hortense, Lauren Havel as Esperanto, Emma Lentz as Wembley, Payton Romano as Wasabi, David Chojnacki as King Vladimir and Evan Carlson as Rumpelstiltskin; sophomore Lauren Cox as Panteen; and freshman Erica Pinto as Noxima.

In addition, the Royal Ball ensemble includes seniors Stephanie

Thrams, Sarah Shedloski,

Allison Shedloski and Chrissy

Hallaman; sophomores Virginia Swift and Jenna Smith; freshmen Abby McAllister, Rachel Baker and Jamie Verser.

The play is directed by Sergio Iriarte and produced by Amy Foulkes.