HARRISBURG — The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will be bringing the magic of Cinderella to the Midstate stage this month for audiences of all ages.
A kindhearted Fairy Godmother.
A pumpkin transformed into a carriage.
A dazzling ball, a dashing prince and a lost shoe looking for just the right fit.
This magical romance tells the timeless story of a young girl, kindness and hope.
The “fairy tale of all fairy tales,” as it is popularly known, will be held at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg at 1 and 7 p.m. April 18 and 2 p.m. April 19.
More than 100 performers from CPYB will present the classic fairy tale, which tells the story of a young girl who discovers her prince with a little help from her fairy godmother, said Alecia Good-Boresow, school principal.
Good-Boresow said the story will connect with audiences of all ages.
“It is very pleasing for all ages, little kids all the way up to grown adults,” she said. “We encourage families to bring their little ones, it’s very enjoyable, it’s entertaining, it’s funny, it’s serious, it’s romantic, it’s everything that kids want to see when they are talking about storybook characters.”
“Cinderella” is choreographed by Alan Hineline and set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, who composed the score in the 1940s. Good-Boresow said the students have worked incredibly hard to bring this vision to the stage.
“The choreographer Alan Hineline, he is not here at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet anymore, so I really wanted to make sure I was doing it in the way he would want it to be done, that I was honoring his choreography and his vision,” she said.
In doing so, she said, the students have been putting in hundreds of hours, learning the dance moves, preparing the sets and rehearsing for opening night.
“These students probably they average over 30 hours of dance each week, but we are rehearsing anywhere from three hours a day to Saturdays at probably upwards of five hours a day, to get the production going, and we have been working on ‘Cinderella’ since the end of January,” she said.
Abby Jayne DeAngelo, who will be portraying ‘Cinderella’ at the 1 and 7 p.m. performances on April 18, said the challenges have been exciting. She will perform the role of Autumn Fairy at the 2 p.m. April 19 performance.
“It’s an amazing experience first of all, portraying not just the character but a well-known character to little girls all around the world,” she said. “It is really fun to build upon.”
DeAngelo, who has been a CPYB student for 10 years, said the process of learning the choreography and expressing the character is “a lot of fun,” and she wants to take the character “to a new level.”
“It will be a really good experience in the moment, but I guess I just really want to add to the character my own personal touch and connect with all the audience members in a way, they know the character so well, but I want them to find maybe an unknown part of Cinderella,” she said.
CPYB will also be joining with the American Literacy Corporation to present storytelling with movement before the show.
Abc27 news anchor Valerie Pritchett and ALC’s Floyd Stokes will present a special reading of “Cinderella” before the show.
There will also be other surprises for attendees of this interactive pre-show event, including the opportunity for “little princesses” to try on for size the lost slipper.
The pre-performance readings are free and open to the public. The 45-minute readings will take place at noon Saturday, April 18, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the Kunkel Gallery at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.
Tickets are available by calling 717-214-ARTS (2787) in person at 222 Market St., Harrisburg, or visiting whitakercenter.org.