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OMAHA — In “Cinderella,” the rags-to-riches heroine marries her prince. In real life, the actors who play them will have their own fairy-tale wedding next month.

Cinderella and her prince — Samantha Butler, 27, and Walter Shatley, 29 — are starring in an Omaha production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

When they met two years ago in Omaha at the same Rose Theater, he kissed her hand. She was performing there in “The Berenstain Bears on Stage”; he was touring with the theater’s “Bunnicula.” They toured together in the Berenstain show and shared the Rose stage last June when she played Jasmine to his Aladdin in the musical “Aladdin.”

Their wedding will take place July 14 in Memphis, Tenn.

Just before Saturday’s matinee, Miss Butler said the couple probably won’t have a honeymoon but will move to New York, where they hope to have their own “happily ever after” ending.


Arson damages Amish school

BROWNSTOWN — Someone broke into a one-room Amish schoolhouse in the middle of the night and set a fire that caused an estimated $20,000 in damage, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the fire at the Pleasant Valley School in West Earl Township shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, said Jonas Reiff, chief of the Farmersville Fire Company. It was put out in about 15 minutes. Firefighters said the school’s doors were locked, and there were signs of a break-in.

Deputy State Police Fire Marshal James DeWalt ruled the fire an arson. He said there were no signs of vandalism, and nothing appeared to have been stolen. Police said they did not have any suspects.

The building is less than 20 miles north of Nickel Mines, where a gunman shot 10 girls — five of them fatally — at an Amish school in October; he killed himself as police closed in.


Man dies in fall from hiking trail

ZION NATIONAL PARK — A man fell to his death from a popular hiking trail in Zion National Park, the second fatality in the park this week, officials said.

Barry Goldstein, 53, of St. Louis, fell Friday afternoon while coming down the Angels Landing trail. Search and rescue crews found Mr. Goldstein’s body several hundred feet from the trail, park spokesman David Eaker said.

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