They came, we saw and they captivated the hearts of the audience at the Times Union Center with the production of “Cinderella”. The toe-tipping, unique performance from the State Ballet Theater of Russia entertained everyone both young and old.
Seven Gnomes, dressed like the seven dwarfs, were portrayed instead of the familiar mice. Fairy Godmother was beautifully dressed in a plum and silver sequenced gown as she and the “Fairies of the Season” presented Cinderella with her dazzling ballet slippers. The story line was a little different, but was very easy to follow and quite entertaining.
Little princesses were seated throughout the house adorned in pretty party dressed and jeweled plastic tiaras. The young ladies came dressed for the theater as you will see in the Slide Show above this column.
The “Fairies of the Season” and “Stars”, danced across the stage in colorful tutus. The ensemble encouraged this writer recall the fairytales of “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs” and the “Dance of the Sugar-plum Fairies”. The colorful costumes and stage sets gave the assembly plenty to look at and the dancing was elegantly presented.
The “Wicked Stepmother” was a hoot and “he”, yes, I said “he”, floated across the stage with antics of grace and precise dancing choreography (See the Slide Show). At the ball, Cinderella, the Prince and all the guests (who were adorned in traditional garb from their countries) returned to the stage after intermission.
Question: Who were the “Orange Heads”? Cindy and the Prince danced elegantly together; simply breathtaking. As the ball ended, Cinderella was lifted numerous times in her beautiful white gown and then, voila!, she was reduced to rags once more – right before our eyes. It was a great quick-change.
It was almost 10 p.m. and all the children in the auditorium were wide awake. Did you have to know the story of Cinderella, no, but the children sitting around could be heard asking their parents about the scenes that they could remember. Did we actually see “Sleepy” exit stage right? Oh, wrong fairytale. The Russian ballet troupe put on a grand show that would encourage any young lady or young man to aspire to be a dancer.