Cinderella Ballet

School of Dance

About

On February 16th, 2020, the Maritime Conservatory School of Dance performed their annual production of Cinderella at the Spatz Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This years production was created and choreographed by artistic faculty of the School of Dance, Diana Rutherford, Alexa Cherrett and Julia Roberts, working in collaboration with costume director Kate Mitchelle and set designer John O’Neil.

Set to Prokofiev’s score, the classic fairy tale becomes a truly magical ballet depicting a story of human kindness, perseverance and optimistic spirit.

For synopsis click here

CAST

Young Cinderella – Gem Haley
Young Prince – Konrad Comeau
Older Cinderella – Chloe Dockendorff
Older Prince – Stan Tonin
Stepmother – Margaret Miller
Stepsister Anastasia – Fiona Laing
Stepsister Drizella – Minuet Charron
Royal Courtier – Kate James
Old Woman / Fairy Godmother – Ayanna Turner-Bru

Dance Teacher – Miranda Garvey

Night Fairies
Leya de Bruyn, Niamh Draper
Aimee Hastings-James, Kirsten O’Neil Jocelyn LeBlanc, Margaret Miller Brooklyn Law

Guests of the Royal Ball
Lauren Burke, Bryn McCharles, Natalia Comeau, Nora Dunn, Sophie Kazakoff, Miranda Garvey, Allison Foran, Aimee Hasting -James, Brooklyn Law, Jocelyn LeBlanc, Margaret Miller, Ava Murphy, Kirsten O’Neil, Mairi Parent

 

Dragonflies & Fireflies
Lauren Burke, Bryn McCharles, Natalia Comeau, Nora Dunn, Allison Foran, Olivia Guy, Kate James, Sophie Kazakoff, Ava Murphy, Kyra Tibbo

Lead Night Fairies
Miranda Garvey, Mairi Parent

Royal Shoe Courtiers
Olivia Guy, Kyra Tibbo

Hair Dressers
Aimee Hastings – James Mairi Parent

Seamstress and assistant
Kirsten O’Neil, Kate James

Household Servants
Jocelyn LeBlanc, Brooklyn Law Niamh Draper, Sophie Kazakoff Natalia Comeau

Mice & Ladies in waiting
Gail Emsley, Gem Haley, Audrey Napier, Andrea Wang Mackenzie Rutherfo

CREDITS

Choreographers
Diana Rutherford, Alexa Cherrett, Julie Robert

Assistant Choreographer
Laura Van Herk

Composer
Sergei Prokofiev

Videographer 
Tim Mombourquette

Costume designer 
Kate Mitchell

Set and Lighting designer 
John O’Neil 

Set and Backstage assistance
Ainsley Boyd, Jeffrey Hale, Mabel McNeil

PR Coordinator
Lori MacLean

Fundraising

Kathleen Martin

Front of House
Rebekah Rad  

GraphicDesigners
Kate Mitchell, Bridgette Morrissey

Synopsis 

Prologue

Young Cinderella grieves at her parents’ gravesite. Seeing her alone, her best friend, a young prince, tries to comfort her before Cinderella is escorted away by her stepmother.

Act I

Cinderella tends to her servant chores in the kitchen as her stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella, enter for breakfast. The sisters tease Cinderella, stealing the scarf that was passed down to her from her mother. Their taunting is interrupted by the arrival of the Royal Courtier with invitations to a ball in honour of the Royal Prince. The Stepmother refuses to allow Cinderella an invitation but the Royal Courtier insists.

Cinderella is left alone in the kitchen. She daydreams of her childhood with the young prince and remembers the fancy shoes that were gifted to her by her mother many years ago. Cinderella is excited about the prospect of going to the ball until she realizes she has nothing else to wear. In the midst of despair she is visited by an old woman searching for warmth and food. Cinderella is overcome by the old woman’s need and she showers her with kindness.

The family returns from town with an entourage of hairdressers and seamstresses who have been hired to style them in the latest fashions. A dance teacher arrives to help Anastasia and Drizella learn a graceful dance to perform before the prince. Cinderella watches longingly from the sidelines, but she is forbidden to participate. To ensure she is prevented from attending the Ball as well, her Stepmother destroys Cinderella’s invitation, leaving her devastated.

With a gust of mysterious wind, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother appears and the kitchen is magically transformed into a garden. Accompanied by the Night Fairies, Dragonflies and Fireflies, the Fairy Godmother rewards Cinderella for her kindness by preparing her for the Royal Ball. There is just one rule – she must be sure to leave the ball by midnight, or the spell will be broken!

Cinderella is left alone in the kitchen. She daydreams of her childhood with the young prince and remembers the fancy shoes that were gifted to her by her mother many years ago. Cinderella is excited about the prospect of going to the ball until she realizes she has nothing else to wear. In the midst of despair she is visited by an old woman searching for warmth and food. Cinderella is overcome by the old woman’s need and she showers her with kindness.

The family returns from town with an entourage of hairdressers and seamstresses who have been hired to style them in the latest fashions. A dance teacher arrives to help Anastasia and Drizella learn a graceful dance to perform before the prince. Cinderella watches longingly from the sidelines, but she is forbidden to participate. To ensure she is prevented from attending the Ball as well, her Stepmother destroys Cinderella’s invitation, leaving her devastated.

With a gust of mysterious wind, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother appears and the kitchen is magically transformed into a garden. Accompanied by the Night Fairies, Dragonflies and Fireflies, the Fairy Godmother rewards Cinderella for her kindness by preparing her for the Royal Ball. There is just one rule – she must be sure to leave the ball by midnight, or the spell will be broken!

Act II

In the Royal Palace, the Royal Courtier calls for the ball to begin. The ladies of the court dance throughout the ballroom until they are interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious and beautiful woman. Enchanted by her presence, the Prince dances only with her for the rest of the evening.

As the clock strikes midnight, the ballroom is frozen in time. Cinderella begs to stay with her beloved childhood friend, but the Fairy Godmother reminds her that even magic has its limits. Cinderella is whisked away, but not before leaving behind one of her shoes.

The Fairy Godmother releases her magic hold over the ballroom and the Prince realizes his dance partner has vanished. Pursued by the Stepsisters, he goes in search of her, only to find her shoe instead. The Prince makes an oath to find the mysterious woman and offer his hand in marriage.

The Royal Courtier and the Prince search far and wide, with all of the kingdom’s eligible ladies vying to try on the shoe. The Prince has almost given up hope by the time they arrive at their final stop, the cottage that Cinderella shares with her stepfamily. Cinderella produces the matching slipper and the old friends are reunited, dancing through the garden just as they did when they were children.