A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

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A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
A Cinderella Story Once Upon a Song poster.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Damon Santostefano
Produced by Dylan Sellers
Clifford Werber
Ilyssa Goodman
Written by Erik Patterson
Jessica Scott
Starring Lucy Hale
Freddie Stroma
Megan Park
Missi Pyle
Music by Braden Kimbell
Cinematography John Peters
Edited by Tony Lombardo
Dylan Sellers Productions
Distributed by Warner Premiere
Release dates September 6, 2011
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song is a 2011 American teen romantic comedy musical film, directed by Damon Santostefano (director of Another Cinderella Story) and starring Lucy Hale, Freddie Stroma, Megan Park and Missi Pyle. The film was released direct-to-DVD distributed by Warner Premiere on September 6, 2011. The film premiered on ABC Family on January 22, 2012.[1][dated info]

It is the third installment in A Cinderella Story series, following the 2004 film A Cinderella Story and the 2008 sequel Another Cinderella Story again reprising the same themes and situations but not containing any characters from the original films.


Over-worked, bullied and terrified of being put in foster care, seventeen-year-old Katie Gibbs (Lucy Hale) is a singer who does her stepmother and stepsiblings' bidding with no complaints. She's constantly harassed by Gail, her stepmother. The film starts in a dream where she performs a music video for her hit single ("Run This Town"). Victor (Matthew Lintz) then wakes her up demanding breakfast. Soon after, it becomes obvious how badly she's treated by Gail (Missi Pyle) and her stepsister Beverly, also known as Bev (Megan Park). At school, Guy Morgan (Dikran Tulaine), the president of the Massive Records Company enrolls his son into the school where Gail is headmistress. Katie, wanting to make a change in her life, sneaks her demo into Guy's briefcase. Guy wants his son, Luke (Freddie Stroma), to produce the showcase and start following in his footsteps. However, Luke is less than excited about that idea.

Back at home, Bev, Katie's stepsister, starts to practice singing so she can win a recording contract with Guy, but she is terrible. Gail gets a call from Guy and is shocked to hear that he loves Katie's demo CD. Gail lies and says that it was Bev's demo CD and that Katie stole it. Meanwhile, Victor, Katie's stepbrother, steals her clothes while she showers and takes her towel, locking her outside of the house naked. Katie then tries all the ways she know to go back in, but fails. She ends up wearing the welcome mat while waiting outside, meeting Luke for the second time. He seems amused by the situation, but gives her his jacket. Bev opens the door and invites Luke in, while Gail goes to Katie's room and forces her to sing. Gail drives Luke out of the house with a funny excuse and starts planning to use Katie's voice to get Bev a record deal. Bev, at first reluctant, gives in to Gail's urging and agrees in order to win Luke's affection.

At school, Katie and her best friend Angela (Jessalyn Wanlim) hear Luke singing his song and Katie is entranced. Katie writes a song in response to his song and admits she kind of likes him. Angela tells her to sing it to him at the Bollywood Ball that night and gives Katie a costume to wear. They hear Gail shouting outside and Angela hides just as Gail opens the door. Seeing the costume Katie has, Gail makes her stay home and babysit Victor for the night. After Victor reveals to Katie by hidden cameras, that Bev wants Luke and is going to try to win him over at the ball, she asks Ravi (Manu Narayan), Gail's guru to watch him. Ravi reveals he's not actually a guru but a method actor from New Jersey, named Tony, who couldn't refuse Gail's money and is only actually half Indian. At the party, Katie leads Luke outside and sings, and he becomes entranced by her voice. Meanwhile Angela distracts Gail by challenging her to a dance off. After the dance battle, Gail leaves. Katie escapes and hurries home, only to find Gail already waiting for her. Gail threatens to expel Angela so she won't get into Juilliard if Katie does not sing for Bev, Katie agrees to save Angela.

Luke tries to find the girl who sang to him but instead walks in on Bev lip syncing using Katie's voice in the music room and mistakes her for the girl. Luke falls for Bev and invites her to write a song with him. The two go out on a date that same night and Luke is amazed by Bev's love for music, unaware that Katie is there and is texting to Bev, telling her what to say. The next day at the house, Luke is greeted by Victor and gives him a little guitar lesson. Katie reconnects with Luke and heads out to throw away Gail's ruined painted portrait after Victor cut off the face with a special knife. Luke tells Katie he doesn't like her disappearing. Bev sweeps him away and diverts his attention from Katie to her instead. She somehow gets Victor to help her trick Luke. He gives her and Katie devices that allow Bev to hear Katie, so that she can help her during the date. Katie creates a song on the spot and while Luke sings her song to Bev, she falls harder for him. Bev and Luke kiss, breaking Katie's heart. Victor tries to cheer Katie up, seeing her distress. Luke believes he is in love with Bev because of her voice and talent for song writing, unaware that Bev is pretending to possess Katie's talents. Later, Gail admits to Katie that she can have access to her dad's savings account, forcing Katie to submit under her stepfamily's will. By this time, Victor has had enough of the way both his mother and Bev had treated Katie and becomes determined to expose them for their fraud. He also reveals to Katie that she is the only one who cares for him and that he 'sort of' loves her. Katie is touched by this and tells Victor that she 'sort of' loves him back.

At the showcase, Victor sabotages Bev in the middle of the song with Tony's help by crashing the Ipod of Katie's recorded singing voice, forcing Gail to make Katie sing live backstage. Luke finally realizes Katie is the girl with a beautiful voice all along and Bev has been faking the whole thing. Luke steals the camera and films Katie, exposing Bev as a fraud. Gail tries to shut the camera but is stopped by Tony, who shocks her with the cables. Katie finishes her song ("Bless Myself") with Victor's assistance. Katie and Luke admit their feelings for each other and they kiss. Luke asks Katie wants to make her album after Guy tells Luke about Katie's performance and they live happily ever after. In the post-credits scene, Gail escapes and tries to make Guy see reason, but fails. He says they'll see what the school board thinks when he "gives them a ring". Bev tells Gail to give it up, as she too has had enough of her mother's manipulation. Still determined to make something of herself, Gail is then seen singing Katie's song ("Make You Believe") at a ranch, but she is booed offstage by the audience.


  • Lucy Hale as Katie Gibbs, the Cinderella character in the film.
  • Freddie Stroma as Luke Morgan, the Prince Charming character in the film.
  • Missi Pyle as Gail Van Ravensway, the Stepmother character in the film.
  • Megan Park as Beverly "Bev" Van Ravensway, the Stepsister character in the film. Manipulative, vindictive and cruel, Beverly is more favored by Gail than Victor.
  • Jessalyn Wanlim as Angela, Katie's best and only friend since both her mother and father died, the Fairy Godmother in the film.
  • Matthew Lintz as Victor Van Ravensway, the Stepbrother character in the film, and the first Stepbrother. He is kinder to Katie, but acts mean around her out of fear of how Gail and Beverly would treat him. In the end, Victor realizes what they were doing to Katie was wrong and exposes them for the fraud with Ravi's help.
  • Manu Narayan as Ravi/Tony Gupta.
  • Titus Makin Jr. as Mickey O' Malley, the Duke character in the film.
  • Dikran Tulaine as Guy Morgan, the Kingly character in the film.
  • Onira Tares as Crazy Girl, the Obsessed Fan.
  • Alyson Stoner as Back-Up Dancer (uncredited), the dancer of Katie's dream in the film.


The film was shot in Wilmington, North Carolina, at notable locations such as Airlie Gardens, downtown Wilmington, St James Parish, the Graystone Inn and the campus of UNCW.


A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06)
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop, pop rock
Length 31:31
Label WaterTower Music
Producer Rock Mafia
A Cinderella Story soundtracks chronology
Another Cinderella Story
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song is the soundtrack album from the film and was released on September 6, 2011 by WaterTower Music, the same day as the release of the film. The album was produced by Rock Mafia.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Lucy Hale – "Run This Town" (3:55)
  2. Lucy Hale – "Bless Myself" (3:41)
  3. Lucy Hale – "Make You Believe" (3:31)
  4. Freddie Stroma – "Knockin" (2:59)
  5. Lucy Hale – "Extra Ordinary"(3:00)
  6. Manu Narayan – "Oh Mere Dilruba" (3:24)
  7. Freddie Stroma – "Possibilities" (3:13)
  8. Pig Pain Ticket – "Twisted Serenade" (2:26)
  9. Oral Majority – "Knockin" (2:28)
  10. The Co-Writes – "Crazy Girl" (2:56)

Run This Town (Lucy Hale song)[edit]

For the song of the same name by Jay-Z, see Run This Town.
"Run This Town (Lucy Hale song)"
Promotional single by Lucy Hale from the album A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
Released June 24, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop
Length 3:55
Label WaterTower Music
Writer Antonina Armato, Tim James, Aaron Edwards, Roger Gisborne and Adam Schmalholz
Producer Rock Mafia

"Run This Town" by Lucy Hale was released as a promotional single from the soundtrack on June 24, 2011 on iTunes.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Run This Town" – 3:55 (Explicit version)
  2. "Run This Town" – 3:55 (Clean version)

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States June 24, 2011 Digital download WaterTower Music

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews although it did not get criticized by Metacritic. It achieved 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] Rotten audience also rate the film 3.3/5 with the 254 users.[3] Mike McGranaghan of The Aisle Seat scored the film one and 1/2 out of four, said: "A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song is like a movie version of iCarly or Victorious or any of those other tween girl shows that combine broad physical humor, mild expressions of pubescent sexuality and fantasies of becoming famous".[4] The DVD Sleuth gave the film 1 out of 2.[5]


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