‘Cinderella Ballet’ to be performed March 23-25
The South Carolina Dance Theater brings a classic fairytale to life with its presentation of the family favorite, “Cinderella.” A perfect story for anyone who believes in magic, the blended beauty and artistry of the ballet bring to life the story of a beautiful mistreated heroine, her wicked stepmother and evil stepsisters, a kind and gentle fairy godmother, a magical coach, a royal ball with a prince in attendance, the daunting stroke of midnight and a lost glass slipper. Most importantly, the fairy tale ballet ends with the classic “happy ever after” ending.
Hannah Griffin portrays Cinderella, a girl who is treated as a servant in her father’s home by her wicked stepmother, convincingly performed by Meggie Baker. To get to her prince, she has to get past her conniving stepmother as well as her two cruel stepsisters, roles which are skillfully danced by Rosemary Flamini and Ella Naylor.
Along the way she discovers her Fairy Godmother, artfully danced by Camille Knockemus, and four wonderful fairies for each of the seasons with Alyssa Hanna as Spring, Gracie Wilson as Summer, McKenna Dynan as Autumn and Kailey White as Winter.
Daniel Culpepper returns to the SCDT stage as a guest artist as he brings to life the role of the handsome prince who wins the heart of Cinderella.
Other leading roles are performed by Ava Hatchell as the energetic and sometimes annoying Jester, and Luke Baker as the superior dance master who is faced with the daunting task of teaching the wicked stepsisters to dance in preparation for the ball.
Transformed by the Fairy Godmother, Cinderella attends the ball and the prince falls in love with her at first sight. At midnight, however, she must flee from the ball and as she runs away, she loses a glass slipper. Unable to find the beautiful and unknown princess, the prince searches his kingdom and even around the world as visits are made to Majorca, danced by Kailey White, Alyssa Hanna, McKenna Dynan, to Persia danced by Natalie Dean, Grace Munn, Isabelle Dauksch, and to Asia where the prince is greeted by Gracie Wilson, Bailey Barefoot, and Ella Miller.
SCDT-2 dancers are Kaylee Bair, Maria Evans, Alyssa McGee, Lily Merzlak, Faith Miller, Madolyn Petty, Alaina Naylor, and Ella Warner who appear in various roles throughout the performances.
SCDT-3 dancers are Giada Basta, Natalie Brewton, Caroline Corn, Lydia Danford, Annie Ruth Eliason, Ella Grace Jordan, Arden Rand, Isadora Seeber, and Emma Wentzel and they appear as Court Ladies.
SCDT-4 dancers are Vanessa Brewton, Louisa McLeod, Jia Jia Lin, Aly Powell, Megan Pugh, Olivia Kate Rand, McKinley Riley, Mary Ashley Snipes, Abi Urquhart, and Aubrey Youmans appear in Promenade and as Dragonflies.
Appearing as Ladybugs are preparatory students Willa Ridenhour, Miriam Welch, Ella Quann, Addisyn Thomas, Eden Thomas, Lola Breennick, Hannah Quann, and Olivia Allred.
Danced to the beautiful music of the Soviet composer and pianist, Sergei Prokofiev, the score was commissioned for the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, but put on hold during World War II. Although commissioned by the Kirov, the full length ballet was first performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow in 1945.
Since that time, the folk tale turned ballet has been staged by most major companies around the world and is considered one of the great ballet classics.
Full length performances will be presented at the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., a matinee on Saturday, March 24, at 3 p.m., and a Sunday matinee on March 25 at 3 p.m.
The Saturday matinee will be followed by Cinderella’s Glass Slipper Tea Party in the lobby immediately following the performance. Dancers in costumes will greet guests as Cinderella hosts a party for those in attendance. Refreshments will be served and there will be opportunities for pictures and autographs.
Reservations for the performances may be made by calling the PAC at 843-661-4444 or online by visiting www.fmupac. org.
The SCDT is rich in history and a vital cornerstone of the cultural community in this area. Providing dancers with professional instruction, the company strives to provide performance experience and stage elaborate productions showcasing the best of dance. Susan Rowe serves as artistic director of the company.