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Cinderella: 6 Performances Left

February 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

So … if you have a little special someone in your life whom you wish to impress – or even if you want to tap into your own little special childhood self – you have six shows left to do so.

That’s right – six shows, starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. and ending this Sunday with a 6:30 p.m. performance.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Cinderella – conception and choreography by Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell and produced by the the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) – is here!

Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancer Kylee Kitchens as Fairy Godmother and soloist Rachel Foster as Cinderella with PNB School students and Company dancers in Kent Stowell’s Cinderella.  Photo © Angela Sterling, provided by PNB and used with permission.

Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancer Kylee Kitchens as the Fairy Godmother and soloist Rachel Foster as Cinderella with PNB School students and Company dancers in Kent Stowell’s "Cinderella." (Note the stunning costumes of two of the four Seasonal Attendants at the far right.) Photo © Angela Sterling, provided by PNB and used with permission.

Its brief run began February 4th, 2011 and ends this Sunday, February 13th, 2011. It’s a magical, three-act ballet depicting the rags-to-riches tale of the abused and misused yet kindhearted Cinderella. The costumes by Martin Pakledinaz (those of the Good Fairy’s Attendants, especially those of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – were a fav) and sets by Tony Straiges work wonderfully together to create two 18th-century worlds: one of dreams and the other of reality.

Your Hedonista attended as media last weekend, accompanied by an 8-year-old little special someone in her life. The performance was dreamy, right down to the child performers, which are always an added treat. However, the full three acts almost seemed a little much for many of the tiny tots, who seemed to spend the entire time trying to figure out why there isn’t any talking in such a performance; it’s all about the music and dance, after all. (Little attendee tip: get a booster seat – they are free and offered next to the coat check downstairs in McCaw Hall.)

(P.S. – For all of your storybook junkies out there, note that there will also be an even briefer run next month … a mere four PNB performances of the one-hour,  one-act, PNB student-performed ballet of Pinocchio: March 20th at 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., March 25th (school group performances only, call 206-441-2424 for details), and March 26th, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. It’s a worthwhile – not to mention affordable and time-limited – introduction to the magic of ballet for the little ones.)

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