Conejo Civic Ballet Company's
Cinderella is a folktale that embodies the element of unjust oppression and triumphant reward, surely a theme that has resonance with most children. The tale goes back in history to ancient Egypt but the version that is most popular today was written by Charles Perrault in 1697. Perrault’s version introduced the pumpkin, the glass slipper and the fairy god-mother. The story of Cinderella has been adapted to opera, stage, film, musical theater, song and of course, ballet. The musical score we use for this production of Cinderella was written by Sergei Prokofiev, a modern composer that wrote this piece during the years of the second world war.
After the death of her beloved father, Cinderella finds herself at the mercy of her wicked Stepmother and her two spoiled rotten daughters. Cinderella is now just a scorned servant in her once happy home. Finding a rare opportunity to escape her life of drudgery and despair, Cinderella spends a morning in the garden delighted by the bees, flowers and dragonflies. She is enchanted by the antics of the mice and the ornery family cat. Her idyllic interlude is cut short and once again Cinderella finds herself burdened by the never ending domestic chores and constant demands of her Stepmother and Stepsisters.
Excited by the arrival of an invitation to the Royal Ball, the Stepmother and sisters prepare for their attendance. The Stepsisters choose gowns to wear and take a dance lesson from a highly respected dance master. After the lesson, the dance master leaves glad to be rid of the task of training two girls with no talent. Cinderella asks her Stepmother if she can attend the Royal Ball also, but the Stepmother scoffs at the idea.
A Fairy Godmother appears to help Cinderella and summons the fairies of the four seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, to prepare Cinderella for the Royal Ball. Each of the fairies present Cinderella with a special gift. Once the spell has been woven, the Fairy Godmother warns Cinderella that the magic spell will only last until the stroke of midnight. Cinderella must leave the Ball before the clock strikes 12
At the Royal Ball, Princes from around the world come to celebrate the happy occasion with their friend, Prince Charming. The Stepsisters and their mother arrive and the Stepmother tries to impress Prince Charming with her daughters. Cinderella steps foot into the Ball Room and is so transformed that not even her Stepmother or Stepsisters recognize her. Prince Charming is enchanted by the beautiful Cinderella. While the Stepsisters try to get the Prince’s attention, Cinderella loses track of time and quickly flees the Ball at the stroke of midnight. Prince Charming finds a slipper that Cinderella has lost in her hasty departure. Prince Charming vows to find the owner of the slipper and begins his search for the mysterious guest who captured his heart.
At home the Stepsisters and Stepmother reminisce about their night at the Royal Ball. They taunt Cinderella with stories of their escapades. The prince arrives searching for the owner of the lost slipper. The Stepmother and Stepsisters take their turns trying on the lost slipper but it does not fit their ugly feet. The Stepmother, angry because the slipper does not fit, breaks the slipper in two so no one else can try it on. Cinderella appears just in time with the matching shoe proving that she is the owner of the lost slipper. Prince Charming asks for Cinderella’s hand in marriage and the happy couple start their life together.