Image credit: Roy Inman / Kansas City Star
Last night I saw my first professional ballet with my sisters at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center. We saw the 3 hour production of Cinderella with choreography by Victoria Morgan and music by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the KC Symphony. This production is the first to play the entire score by Prokofiev in Kansas City, according to the gent who introduced it.
It probably goes without saying that the ballet was technically perfect (as far as I could tell anyway). And the story has some interesting differences from the commonly-known Cinderella story. Most notably: Cinderella's father is still alive (though hen-pecked), and the fairy godmother has a whole troupe of fairies who assist her in Cinderella's transformation. I didn't expect to see men playing the ugly stepsisters, but it was hilarious. They did a great deal of slap-stick, physical humor that nearly stole the show at times! (You can see a picture of them here.)
The performance was a delight to the senses and it really didn't feel like we were sitting there for 3 hours because the story so transported us!
You can see great images of the show (and read more about it) in this article.
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