April 7, 2009
Twenty one years later, Mr. Cinderfella still going strong
14 and 16 Cowley College freshman and sophomore males will participate
in the 21st annual Mr. CinderFella Pageant April 23.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre inside the Brown Center for Arts, Sciences and Technology on the main campus. Tickets are $2 per person and may be purchased at the Humanities Department Office, lower level of the Brown Center, or at the door.
Emily Deaver, Miss Kansas, will continue in the tradition of Mr. CinderFella emcees and host the event this year. Deaver is a native of Augusta and is seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wichita State University.
Dejon Ewing, Humanities Department instructor, said the evening promises to be entertaining as Cowley men compete for the coveted title of Mr. CinderFella.
It was Ewing who started the event 21 years ago. Now, Ewing is preparing to direct her final Mr. Cinderfella Pageant before handing the reigns over to theatre director Scott MacLaughlin.
“I can’t believe it’s been 21 years,” Ewing said. “We started it to provide something else for the kids to do, now it takes place in front of a packed house.”
The young men will compete in three categories: leisure/beach wear, talent, and evening wear. Mathew Slovacek is the reigning Mr. CinderFella.
Deaver is a jazz studies major at WSU and, after her year as Miss Kansas, she will finish her degree and study film scoring in California. She has chosen “Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention” as her platform.
The money raised from the event goes towards fund-raisers for Cowley College’s Act One and funds for next year’s Mr. CinderFella show.
“People like to see Miss Kansas and the guys are just so dang creative,” Ewing said. “It’s a family friendly show that is a lot of fun.”
Former Mr. CinderFella participants are invited to attend a Reunion reception in the Earle N. Wright Community Room following the event.
Pictured: Last year's Miss Kansas, Alyssa George and last year's Mr. Cinderfella, Mathew Slovacek.