Johnny Ow, executive producer, and Alice L. Walker, producer and choreographer, of A Sorta Big Productions (ABSP) will present their first production of “Cinderella: A Rock n’ Romance Ballet” at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood October 9-17. This imaginative rendition of the beloved fairytale promises to enthrall children and adults of all ages.
Starring a talented cast and choreographed by Alice L. Walker, with music by composer Sergei Prokofiev, the role of Cinderella will be shared by ballerinas Lilyana Kobabe and Ariana Emnace. Enton Hoxha, a former member of the Moscow Classical Ballet, and Askar Kettebekov, formerly of the National Ballet of Kazakhstan, will play the prince. All costumes are designed and sewn in a kaleidoscope of radiant colors by Alice, and will reflect the individuality of each character.
Johnny Ow and Alice L. Walker met at a charity event in Utah, and quickly discovered they had a passion to share with others: a love of dance and the performing arts.
“I was blessed by my parents,” offered Alice. “They let me do my dream. Johnny and I talked about doing a production geared towards the imaginative. Cinderella is a piece popular with kids, and one they can relate and connect to. It’s an uplifting story, and performing on stage is a magical experience. We want to share the beauty of dance with those that have limited access to the arts, and reach out to those having difficult times. We hope to inspire them with ‘Cinderella.’ No matter where you are, you can get to anywhere.”
Johnny Ow, executive producer and financier of ASBP, acknowledged there were some challenges along the way. Dance classes all over the Los Angeles area were painstakingly audited to find the right mix of dancers.
“We needed to find people that were good. Now we have a great group of professional dancers,” admitted Alice, “and we will strive to take you on a walk through colorful ages.”
As part of their mission to reach out and touch children’s lives, ASBP is offering special discounted shows for students of the Los Angeles Unified School District on October 9 and 16 at 11am. They will include a special Q&A session with the dancers at the end of the performance.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of A Sorta Big Productions, and would like to be a part of their mission to bring awareness of the arts to children, please contact Alice L. Walker at (310) 806-2101.
“Cinderella: A Rock n’ Romance Ballet” plays at the El Portal Theatre (5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601) October 9th at 8pm, 10th at 3pm and 8pm, 11th at 3pm and 7pm, 16th at 8 pm, and 17th at 3pm and 8pm. General admission tickets start at $25. For more information, contact (818) 508-4200.