Ballet Theatre Company presents: Cinderella
May 5 & 6 at the University of Saint Joseph
A Room in Cinderella's Father's House
The story begins with young Cinderella and her father grieving at her mother's funeral. Young Cinderella worries of her future with the remarry of her father and cruel stepmother who has two nasty daughters.
As Cinderella grew older and her loving father ceased, she was left to her Step-mother and step-sisters and forced to a scullery maid. All day long Cinderella is made to sweep, clean and polish. Her stepsisters take every opportunity to pick on Cinderella day in and day out. Cinderella looks for comfort and plays with her only friends, the house cat and mice.
The Prince, soon to be crown king was was advised by his parents to find a wife. To make his parents happy the Prince decided to throw a ball and invite all the single maidens in the kingdom. Cinderella's Step-Sisters are highly excited: they have been invited to the ball at the palace, but Cinderella is forced to stay at home by her Step-mother. Cinderella recalls the happy days when her mother was still alive but is quickly snapped to reality when her step-sisters enter her daydream to terrorize.
An old beggar woman comes asking for alms. The Step-Sisters drive her away, but Cinderella offers her some bread. The old woman casts a gentle look at the kind girl and disappears.
Tradespeople arrive and dressmakers, hairdressers and jewelers help the Step-Sisters prepare for the ball. With their dancing-master, they practice the gavotte. Soon after the Step-mother and her daughters set out for the ball, and Cinderella is left sad and alone.
Cinderella's friends, the mice reappear to cheer her up by making fun of her Step-sisters attempt to dance the gavotte. Suddenly the Beggar Woman reappears and reveals herself as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother. She takes Cinderella far away from her grey, everyday existence to an enchanted realm of beauty and fantasy high up among the stars, where the fairies of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter come, each to offer her their season's gifts.
The Fairy Godmother tells Cinderella that, as a reward for her kindness, she shall go to the ball in the most beautiful dress of all. But she also warns her that she must leave before the clock strikes midnight, or all the magic charms will fade away and Cinderella will be a scullery maid once more.
The Ballroom at the Palace
The court jester is waiting for the ball to begin. The guests arrive, including Cinderella’s Step-Mother and Step-Sisters. A fanfare heralds the Prince. Then mysterious music accompanies the arrival of Cinderella in her stunning, shimmering dress. She is so beautiful that everyone takes her for a princess; even her Step Mother and Step-Sisters fail to recognize her.
The guests disperse and the Prince and Cinderella, left alone, declare their love for each other. The waltz resumes and, caught up in the dance, Cinderella forgets the Fairy Godmother’s warning.
Suddenly the clock strikes 12 and Cinderella rushes from the palace, losing one of her slippers on the stairs. Dismayed, the Prince picks up the slipper and vows he will find the girl he loves.
After the Ball
Cinderella finds herself once again at the kitchen fireside. Was it all a dream? Then one of her elegant slippers falls from her apron and she knows she really was at the ball and danced with the Prince. Her Step-Mother and Step-Sisters arrive home and brag to Cinderella about their conquests at the ball.
Father announces that the Prince has come, searching for the girl who lost the slipper. When the Prince enters, both the Step-Sisters try to cram their large feet into the little slipper, hoping to convince him that it is theirs. Cinderella kneels to help – and again the slipper falls out of her pocket. The Prince immediately recognizes in the modest Cinderella the beautiful princess from the ball.
The Fairy Godmother appears. The lovers are united and are wed the following day.
Cinderella is a ballet composed by Sergei Prokofiev who was a Soviet composer, pianist and conductor and regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.
Cinderella is one of his most popular and melodious compositions, and has inspired a great many choreographers since its inception. The piece was composed between 1940 and 1944.