The ballet tells the timeless fairytale of Cinderella, with original costume design, innovative choreography and whimsical sets. The production features six hand-painted backdrops, a host of imaginative props and Cinderella’s carriage, formerly used by the San Francisco Ballet and now on loan to the Downtown Dance Conservatory from the Alabama Ballet. The carriage — brainchild of the costume designer for the current “Star Trek” movie — was used by the San Francisco Ballet’s Cinderella productions beginning in 1973.
“I wanted the community to be able to experience such a magical night and celebration of dance,” says Artistic Director Linze Rickles McRae.
Many of the traditional ballet variations from the Prokofiev score have been restaged, including the fairy queens.
“But we have also added quite a new and distinctive flair to the production,” she said. “There are many entirely new and original costume designs created specifically for our soloists.”
The role of Cinderella will be danced by Erin Snow, a student of the Conservatory and a ninth grader at Gadsden City High School. The soloists’ roles are danced by current Downtown Dance Artists Michelle Minogue, Lennon Baxter, Morgan Henegar, Madeline Haynes, Paloma Starr, Maggie Gilchrist, and Soraya Benefield. The role of Fairy Godmother will be danced by Laura Cornwell, and the role of Evil Stepmother by Krystin Baird. Both Ms. Cornwell and Ms. Baird are current faculty members of the DDC. Ms. McRae will dance the role of the Queen of Clocks.
Corps de Ballet roles are danced by the current students of the Conservatory Upper School and supporting characters are danced by the Lower School students currently training at the Conservatory and ranging in ages 3 and up.
Tickets to the event are available online in limited quantities at www.culturalarts.org or at the front desk of the Hardin Center, 501 Broad Street in Gadsden. Call 256-543-ARTS, ext. 41, for more information.
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