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Published on May 12th, 2015 | by Lorraine Constantine

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Tacoma City Ballet brings back the magic with Cinderella

Once upon a time in a ballet school not too far away, a magical production of Cinderella was performed. A spectacle of story ballet, Tacoma City Ballet’s Cinderella captured the hearts of its audience members. Unfortunately as time went by, unseen forces began to take their toll on the beloved fairytale. Scenery began to fade, costumes began to fray, and props began to crumble until one day, everything changed…

Nearly 10 years after its last showing, Tacoma City Ballet will be bringing back a bigger, better, and even lovelier rendition of their original Cinderella ballet. TCB’s production will be featuring new costumes, a new pumpkin-turned golden carriage, fresh choreography, and hand-painted scenery.

Photo by Kali Raisl

Cassie Ivy and the carriage.

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A peak into the wardrobe.

How is this possible you might ask? Was a fairy godmother involved? Well, not exactly. While it isn’t always in the budget, Tacoma City Ballet makes the effort to provide the opportunity for its company to perform story ballets other than The Nutcracker. Such large-scale productions are no small undertakings and require many hands to make it happen.

Artistic Director Erin Ceragioli is responsible for bringing this ballet back to the Pantages stage and no, she didn’t have woodland creatures or tiny mice help in the remaking of Cinderella. Instead, she has had an impressive host of volunteers leave no glass slipper unturned and no detail left unseen.

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Joel Meyers, Cassie Ivy, and TCB students in rehearsal.

For example, once thrown out into the Temple Theater alley, the palace backdrop used by the company for many years has received a facelift. It and other parts of the scenery have been repainted by hand and returned to their former glory. Costumes have been remade for the new dancers wearing them and props have been shined up for the stage.

One of the most exciting aspects to this performance is that for the first time ever, Cinderella and the entire cast will be dancing to Sergei Prokoviev’s score with the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra. Hand selected by and under the direction of Bernard Kwiram, the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra is sure to bring some real magic to the performance.

Amidst the multitude of student performers (around 50 to be exact), Cinderella will be featuring sensational guests artists such as former TCB student Kyle Johnson (Whim W’him) as the Dance Master, Davione Gordon (Spectrum Dance Theatre) as a Cavalier, Cassie Ivy as the Godmother, and Holly Salgado as the Spanish princess.

Tacoma City Ballet Assistant Artistic Director Joel Meyers will be dancing the role of the Prince and former MLK Ballet student and current soloist at TCB Nora Kelley will be playing the title roll of Cinderella. Travis Goldman and Salvatore Lucente will be playing the (very) ugly stepsisters and Administrative Director Kate Monthy will play the wicked stepmother.

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Nora Kelley as Cinderella.

WHO: Tacoma City Ballet
WHAT: Sergei Prokoviev’s Cinderella
WHEN: 3 pm on Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17
WHERE: The Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway

For tickets and more information visit www.broadwaycenter.org.

All photos by Kali Raisl.

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