Charleston SC – April 22, 2015 – Romantic dreams do come true when Coastal Ballet USA and Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dance Education “CINDERELLA, with choreography by Jill Eathorne Bahr, takes the stage May 16 & 17 at The Charleston Music Hall. Set to Sergei Prokofiev's well-known score, the full-length ballet runs for one evening (7pm) and one matinee (3pm) performances.
The scenario is faithful to the beloved 1697 tale by Charles Perrault, in which the heroine's father fails to protect Cinderella (NATALIE ROSSI) from the wickedness of a stepmother (JESSICA ROAN VALENTINE) and two stepsisters (RUSLAN SPRAGUE & CESAR LOZADAL). After the intervention of her Fairy Godmother (DANIELLE TROYANO), however, the underappreciated Cinderella is transformed (along with an ordinary pumpkin that becomes a fancy carriage!) into a beautiful young woman who finds love in the arms of a Prince (ANDRES ANGULO). The Dance Master is danced by (MICHAEL RODGRIGUEZ) and the Jester by (ALEXEY KULPIN). Katie Badgett performs the role of Summer Fairy.
The most famous piece from Prokofiev's score is the lovely, melodic waltz of the Act II ball scene, to which the Prince and Cinderella, who have fallen in love at first sight, dance a rapturous pas de deux. The concluding number of the act, when Cinderella realizes she must leave before the clock finishes striking twelve, is charmingly danced by children holding silvery numbers, who form a circle and jump as the music tolls the hours.
But perhaps even more famously, the ballet is also chock-full of over-the-top pantomime from the Ugly Stepsisters (traditionally danced by men in drag) and other assorted silliness.
However, for choreographer Bahr, the most magical thing about CINDERELLA is that what seems unattainable becomes reality. "Prokofiev wanted to express the poetic love of Cinderella and the Prince, the birth and flowering of that love, the obstacles in its past and finally the dream fulfilled. In my ballet, there is plenty of fun for the children in the audience, but Cinderella's touching despair, hope and triumph also engage the adult mind. We all need reminding that dreams can come true."
Guest Artists include Alexey Kulpin, Michael Rodriguez, Ruslan Spraitlin, Cesar Lozadal, Andres Angulo, Danielle Troyano, Natalie Rossi, Katie Badgett, Jessica Roan, and Mandy Von See.
This production of Cinderella will take this variation of the original "rags to riches" fairytale and showcase it as the gift of classical ballet, wrapped in humor and the promise of a "happily ever after" ending. The students in the production come from throughout the Low country are featured in the performance as Fairies, Butterflies, Clock, and Harlequinades
WHEN: Saturday May 16 7 PM and Sunday May 17 3 PM
WHERE: Charleston Music Hall 37 John Street 29403
TICKETS: $29-$39 at the CBT Box Office, 843 469-2080; or online at www.charlestonballet.com