Ballet Lubbock will perform the storybook classic “Cinderella”
Join the Lubbock Ballet, in collaboration with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, for a magical adaptation of the classic tale “Cinderella.”
Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday April 8 and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday April 10 at Buddy Holly Hall, 1300 Mac Davis Lane.
The classic fairy tale tells the story of Cinderella, a young woman whose stepmother forces her to act as a servant in her own home. Cinderella helps her stepmother and two stepsisters prepare for the spring ball, where it is said the prince will choose his future wife.
When her fairy godmother grants her a wish, Cinderella transforms beyond recognition into a beautifully dressed princess and heads to the ball, where she wows not only the crowd, but the prince as well.
The original ballet was composed by Sergei Prokofiev between 1940 and 1944 and has become one of his most popular compositions, inspiring many choreographers since its inception.
In her first named role, Evelyn Fisher will play Cinderella.
“It’s hard to embrace the role of Cinderella and portray her emotions effectively on stage,” Fisher said. “It’s also hard to keep a straight face when the stepsisters are fighting!”
“I enjoyed every moment of the rehearsal, especially the scenes that required more acting,” she added.
Ballet Lubbock Artistic Director Yvonne Racz Key shared her perspective on the upcoming production and how her dancers and staff bring the production to life on stage.
“The music! I love the acting scenes that follow the music,” Racz Key said when asked about his favorite part of the production. “The score is so narrative. Prokofiev was an amazing storyteller with his music and I love seeing dancers use their movement to create emotion, whether dramatic or comedic.”
Taking on dual roles as Autumn Fairy and Prom Stage Attendant, Leah Lieberman shared the challenges she faces in both roles.
“I love my two roles!” said Liebmeran. “Fall Fairy speed is definitely not new to me, but with the number of steps in just a few times, it’s definitely a new and fun challenge.”
How do you tell the story without speaking in production? Racz Key has a simple answer: through music.
“The score informs the whole choreography,” she said. “It is the dancers’ responsibility to clearly convey all pantomime, gesture, nuance and emotion to the audience.”
Tickets for this production range from $25 to $80 (plus taxes and fees) depending on seating.
For more information about the production or to purchase tickets online, visit www.buddyhollyhall.com
If I had a fairy godmother, I would ask:
• Evelyn Fisher, who plays Cinderella: “An endless time to dance, read and play the piano.”
• Noble Nguyen, who embodies the Prince“I would ask him to give me my dream of going to MIT.”
• Leah Lieberman, who embodies the autumn fairy: “An inexhaustible supply of tips.”
• Xaria Atienza, who embodies the winter fairy: Unlimited food to share.
• Hope Acrey, who embodies the Winter Sprite: I would ask him for another puppy!
• Ginger Hunt, who embodies the Summer Sprite: The power to stop time.
• When: 7:30 p.m. Friday April 8 and 2 p.m. Sunday April 10
• Or: Buddy Holly Hall, 1300 Mac Davis Lane
• Tickets: Range from $25 to $80; www.buddyhollyhall.com