'Cinderella' a rare treat

2010-11-23 00:00

IT’S a rare treat to be able to watch a full-length classical ballet accompanied by a symphony orchestra, but that’s exactly what you get when you watch Cape Town City Ballet’s sumptious production of Cinderella.

The production, which opens the Playhouse Company’s 2010 Festive Season programme, has been choreo­graphed by Veronica Paeper and is set to the wonderfully evocative music of Sergei Prokofiev.

On Saturday, the role of Cinderella was played by Celeste George (who alternates the role with Laura Bosenberg and Megan Swart). She is a dancer who seems to float across the stage, and her pas de deux with Alexander Vivian-Riding (who alternates the role of the prince with Thomas Thorne and Xola Putye) in act two was simply breathtaking.

Cinderella and her stepsisters, Daffodil (Oliver Swan-Jackson) and Violet (Mervyn Williams), are in raptures when they are invited to a ball at the palace. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of Buttons (Tusile Tenza), Cinderella has nothing to wear and is left behind to ponder what might have been.

Luckily her fairy godmother, danced superbly by Angela Hansford, is on hand and she, together with the Fairies of the Seasons — Spring (Laura Bosenberg), Summer (Zaandre du Toit), Autumn (Lauren Rogers) and Winter (Megan Swart) — ensure our heroine gets to go to the ball, where she soon entrances the prince.

There is also a lot of humour in this ballet, much of it thanks to the ugly sisters and their suitors — Count Fossil (Johnny Bovang) and the Marquis de Conceit (Warren May) — and the jester (Joel Morris).

The production also boasts wonderful costumes by Peter Cazalet, and throughout you get the added joy of listening to the KZNPO under the baton of Naum Rousine.

Cinderella is a true festive season treat, but if you want to see it you’ll have to hurry. The company delivers its final performances today and tomorrow in the Playhouse Opera Theatre.

Tickets range from R70 to R140 and booking is through Computicket.

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