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Cinderella Ballet Comes To The Lincoln

By Staff | Oct 13, 2010

Ballerinas who will dance in Cinderella Sunday.

An enchanting afternoon, filled with humor, fantasy, and beauty, will be available to a local audience as Oglebay Institute’s Youth Ballet Company presents an adaptation of the classic ballet “Cinderella” at the Lincoln Theater on Main Street in New Martinsville. This is the first of the two ballets in ArtsLink’s Holiday Magic Ballet Series.

ArtsLink, the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties, will bring this performance to the stage at 3 p.m. on Oct. 17. Senator and Mrs. Larry Edgell are the local sponsors for this event, which will be appropriate for individuals of all ages.

“Cinderella” first premiered in Moscow in 1945 and is one of the most beloved ballets of all time. It has been adapted several times over the years by many of the world’s best ballet companies and remains an audience favorite.This adaptation features 30 fully costumed dancers and all the classic characters.

“We are very happy to partner with ArtsLink to present such a timeless classic and for our dancers to experience the magical feeling that comes from performing in front of an audience,” Oglebay Institute director of dance Cheryl Pompeo said. “The Lincoln Theater will shimmer with delight as our dancers perform at their best.”Children who wish to dress as princes and princesses to attend this ballet will be most welcome to do so as they would surely add to the atmosphere of fantasy.

The story of “Cinderella” is found in stories and legends dating back to ancient China. Today some 1,500 variations exist. The story with which we are most familiar serves as the base of the ballet and was written by Charles Perrault. Like “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella” was one of eight stories in the book titled Histoires ou Contes du temps pass (Stories and Tales of the Past).

After the premiere of “Romeo and Juliet” in 1940, composer Sergei Prokofiev was immediately commissioned to write another full scale ballet-“Cinderella”-for the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad.He began work only to have it put on hold during World War II to write the opera “War and Peace.”In 1944, Prokofiev picked up work on “Cinderella” and finished the score a year later.

Although it had been commissioned by the Kirov, the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow mounted the first production, to enormous acclaim on Nov. 21, 1945.

Principal dances include Vanessa Hotlosz as Cinderella, Tyler Harto as Prince Charming, Morgan McCool as stepmother, Jordan Crow and J’Lyse Kafana as the stepsisters, Whitney Thompson as the fairy godmother, Evan Oslund as the herald, Peter J. Lim as king, Kimberlee Kafana as queen, Luke Harto as the visiting prince from the Orient, and Molly McKay as the visiting princess from the Orient.

Other cast members include: Bella Abernathy, Jacie Baker, Damon Beckett, Alice Boos, Audrey Blust, Sean Caldwell, Ally Carson, Katherine Carson, Celcey Clark, Tyler Crow, McKenna Dunbar, Adelaide Estep, Jake Felton, Natalie Gainer, Maguire Glass, Kelsey Glessner, Sydney Glessner, Lucy Hartzell, Allie Irvin, Rebekah Jones, Sarah Jones, Andrew Joseph Keane, Lexie Kosanovic, Ryan Lenkey, Titus Lepie, Madeline Mandel, Marina McGinley, Audra Ream, Lucretia Shumate, Kristina Silvencheko Bailey Stephenson, Bethany Stephenson, Caroline Stephenson, Ava Tennant, Abby Thomas, Madeline Tiu, Anna Turani, and Alexis Williams.

Choreographers include Cheryl Pompeo, Roxanne Barteau-Shea, Kristin Carson, Kathleen Gottus, Kimberlee Kafana, and Morgan McCool.

“Cinderella” is the first of two ballets to be presented in ArtsLink’s Holiday Magic Ballet Series in New Martinsville this fall.The second will be “The Nutcracker” on Nov. 19.

Support for this ArtsLink activity and others is provided by West Virginia Northern Community College, the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Department, Chesapeake Energy, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, McDonald’s Restaurant, and Ohio Valley Online.

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact them at 304-455-2278 to request assistance.

Tickets for the performance, $10 for adults and $6 for children, will be available at the door.

A special ticket package is available for both ballets in the Holiday Magic Ballet Series, adults $15 and $9 for children under 12. Call for information on special pricing for holiday theater parties.