Come See “Cinderella” at the Beck Center!

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Halina Dreger

Later this month, Beck Center ballet students and company members will take to the Mackey Theater stage to perform Cinderella.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased here or at the box office.

The show will begin with excerpts from the classical ballet Giselle. According to the Russian National Ballet, Giselle was originally choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, with music composed by Adolphe Adam. The full production tells the story of a poor girl who dies young and whose ghost wards off beautiful and evil female spirits (Wilis) so that they will not drive her lover to ruin. The excerpts shown at the Beck Center will feature a gorgeous corps de ballet piece meant to portray said spirits.

Soon after the curtains close on Giselle, Cinderella will make her way onto the stage to tell the familiar fairy tale in the form of dance. Choreographed by associate director of dance Melanie Szucs and other Beck Center faculty, the ballet will feature everything we know and love from the traditional story: mice, birds, fairies, humorous step-sisters, an evil-step mother, the looming threat of midnight, magic, bedazzled shoes, and, of course, love. The music accompanying the dancers in an eclectic mix of songs from the original Cinderella ballet (composed by Sergei Prokofiev) with tracks from other classical shows like Paquita.

You will not want to miss this incredible event, so purchase your tickets before they’re sold out to support local arts education!