The popular fairy tale “Cinderella” will be brought to life April 20-22 at Saint Mary’s University with Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts(MCA) Dance Repertory Company. “Cinderella” tells of a young girl scorned by her comical stepmother and stepsisters, who — with the help of her fairy godmother’s magic and a glass slipper — finds true love and lives happily ever after. Originally choreographed in the mid-1940s by both Rotislav Zakharov of the Bolshoi Ballet and Sir Frederick Ashton of the Sadler’s Wells Ballet, “Cinderella” continues to enchant its audiences with the exquisitely fanciful score by Sergei Prokofiev. Prokofiev is also also known for his famous composition “Peter and the Wolf”.
For more than four decades, the Dance Repertory Company (DRC) has presented the Winona community with quality dance productions featuring local dancers in classical and contemporary works. DRC last performed “Cinderella” in 2006 and is excited for new and old audiences to experience the magic again with remounting of repertoire and also new takes on some pieces and performance elements such as costumes. Audiences will enjoy viewing the superb talents of professional dancer Jarod Boltjes who will be performing the role of The Prince. Boltjes is currently a dancer with the St. Paul Ballet, but he is also a MCA and Saint Mary’s University of MN Alumni.
The additional almost 50+ cast members are dancers aged 6-adults from Winona and surrounding communities and includes: Jasmine Albrect, Layton Barnard Erica Beckman, Emmie Dammen, Macy Donnenwerth, Abigail Ellenburg, Claire Ellings, Hannah Ellings, Grace Hendrickson, Elizabeth Hinz, Nadia Hocum, Aidan Indahl, Annabeth Kerr, Mattie Kreisel, Silvia Krzmarzick, Isabell Livingston, Nolan Livingston, Karly Lunda, Megan Lynch, Breanna McElmury, Isaac Meinke, Justine Meinke, Preston Meinke, Carmelle Meyer, Keeli Meyer, Natalia Minetto, Olivia Nelson, Rose Nelson, Anna Nungster, Makarah Olcott, Amanda Pohlman, Raina Racki, Marlee Ressa, Beatrice Sanders, Danielle Schleich, Laura Schleich, Natalie Schleich, Victoria Schroeder, Ella Skranka, Gavin Slavey, Alona Stenberg, Maya Strassburger, Emily Strom, Corrie Swenson, Kelly Swenson, Salome Tolvaisas, Isa Uribe, Max Uribe, Lucy wilfahrt, Aza Theresa Williams-Carpenter, and Abbie Wishy.
Audience members will be entertained as this classical ballet tells the entire tale through dance, music, costumes and scenery including a huge pumpkin carriage that will escort Cinderella to the ball.
Performances are April 20-21 at 7:30pm and April 22 at 3pm at the Performance Center on the Saint Mary’s University of MN campus in the Page Theatre. Tickets are available by calling the box office at, 507-457-1715 or online at pagetheatre.org. For more information about Dance Repertory Company visit: mnconservatoryforthearts.org.