Blending classical ballet with a more modern sensibility, Cinderella: A Rock and Romance Ballet features fine dancing, humorous acting and creative production work. It contrasts the seriousness of ballet with slapstick comedic moments to create an entertaining family dance event.
The production reveals the classic fairy tale of Cinderella (Ariana Emnace), the poor working girl to her stepmother (Vanessa Vaughn) and stepsisters (Don Pietranczyk and Daniela Shambaugh) who longs to go to the ball. While there, she steals the Prince’s (Enton Hoxha) heart. Will she achieve her happy ending?
Choreographer Alice L. Walker designs the ball as the production’s centerpiece, combining traditional ballet, gymnastics and physical comedy, and featuring plenty of comedic primping and flirting along with Pietranczyk’s flamboyant drag turn as Anastasia, the high-energy sister. Walker also creates a visually-stunning, human clock sequence.
The ball showcases excellent dancing by Hoxha, Eduardo Costa and Brent Cannons Clickard, demonstrating physicality along with finesse. Theresa Farrell also gives a sensitive, elegant performance as the ‘Diva.’ Young Emnace shows much promise in her relaxed, delicate portrayal. As ‘Aurora,’ the birdlike fairy, Kasha Kropinski brings a graceful, vulnerable presence.
Richard Taylor’s subtle lighting adds a romantic glow, along with suggestive atmosphere through excellent shadow effects. Walker and Johnny Ow’s simple, colorful sets bring a touch of whimsy to the proceedings.
A lighthearted story with a happy ending, Cinderella: A Rock and Romance Ballet provides fun and entertainment for all ages.
“Cinderella: A Rock and Romance Ballet” plays Friday, October 16 at 8pm and Saturday, October 17 at 3pm and 8pm at the El Portal Theatre (5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA). Tickets cost $25 and $35. Please visit www.ovationtix.com or call (866) 811-4111 to buy tickets.