A longtime theater enthusiast, she really likes being part of Not So Common Players: "It's just a great group of people to work with."
It's common for families to take part in the group's productions, and "Cinderella" is no exception. Debbie Paniccia and her daughter, Katie, both have roles in the show, the first time they've appeared on stage together.
"We're very excited," Debbie said.
Katie said she likes to appear in "lots of shows."
"I can be whoever I want to be " someone with a completely different personality."
She plays a middle child in the ensemble in "Cinderella," and her mom is also in the ensemble. Debbie has been singing and dancing for years and is thrilled her daughter shares her interest.
"It's very special," she said. "I'm very glad she has that intrinsic love of theater."
Henry and Richie DiMaria also share a love of theater. The brothers from Clifton Park are following in family members' footsteps by appearing in "Cinderella." Their older sister has acted, and their grandmother was into plays and show tunes, Henry said.
This is the second show for Richie, 12, while Henry estimates it's about his 20th. The 17-year-old said he likes how accepting everyone associated with Not So Common Players is " although one of the draws of acting is the chance to "portray something you're not."
"Cinderella" opens Friday, July 15, and runs for two weekends: Friday through Sunday, July 15 to 17, and Thursday through Sunday, July 21 to 24. All performances begin at 8 p.m. On July 22 and 23, the Not So Common Kids will perform "Beauty and the Beast Jr." at 6 p.m. The Shenendehowa color guard will sell refreshments.
For more information, visit www.notsocommonplayers.org. ""