Cinderella - Methuen Ballet Ensemble
Cinderella is the story of a young peasant girl living with her stepmother and two stepsisters cursed to a lifetime of menial chores and labor.
In Act I, when all the young maidens in the village are invited to the Prince’s Ball, Cinderella begs and pleads to attend, but her stepmother will not allow it. After her family leaves for the ball, Cinderella’s fairy godmother appears and grants her wish. She is visited by fairies who bestow upon her a beautiful gown,glittering glass slippers and a luxurious coach so that she may attend the ball. However,her fairy godmother warns that Cinderella must return home before midnight or the spell will wear off.
In Act II, the Prince is entertaining his guests at the ball. Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters attempt to woo the prince, but their efforts have little effect on him. Cinderella arrives, her identity hidden from the family, and she is able to win the Prince’s favor, much to the displeasure of her stepmother and stepsisters. Cinderella leaves the ball as the clock strikes midnight and loses one glass slipper as she flees. The Prince then vows to find and marry this girl. In his search for her, he tries the glass slipper on all the maidens in the kingdom. Cinderella’s stepsisters and stepmother try to fit into the slipper, but to no avail. Cinderella is then asked to try the slipper on as she is the only remaining maiden yet to try. The stepsisters laugh and make fun or her but the glass slipper fits perfectly on her foot. Cinderella and the Prince return to the palace and are married by Cinderella’s fairy godmother.