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Stephen Mills first brought this treasured fairytale to life in 1997 with a luscious score from Glazunov compiled especially for this ballet. Directly from the pages of the enduring tale, Cinderella delights audiences with the beauty and majesty of classical ballet, wrapped in the promise of “happily ever after,” and generously sprinkled with a wonderful dose of humor. Complete with a fairy Godmother, a handsome prince and an unforgettable ball, the magnificent staging, music and costumes - make this production a delight for all ages.

Choreography by Stephen Mills
Music by Alexander Glazunov
Live Accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra

The Long Center
8pm | May 6 Audio description by VSA Texas available for this show, 7
2pm | May 7
3pm | May 8

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Program Notes



Cinderella lives with her evel Step-Mother and two beautiful evil Step-Sisters. Cinerella has become a slave to her family's whims since the death of her noble father. Her life is very difficult but she is gracious and considerate. When beggars come to the door, Cinderella always gives them food, though she is often punished for doing so.

One day, there is a knock at the door. The Master of Ceremonies form the palace has come to announce a Royal Ball that evening where the Prince will choose a bride. Cinderella's Step-Sisters are invited as is her Step-Mother. Cinderella does not receive an invitation to the Ball.

As everyone leaves the house for the ball, Cinderella is taunted for her dirty appearance and clothing of rags. Left alone, she begins to daydream of what it would be like to attend ar Royal Ball.

Suddenly, a beautiful woman appears before her. She explains to Cinderella that she is a Fairy Godmother and that because of Cinderalla's good deeds she has come to grant her a wish. Cinderalla can think of nother grater than to attend the Ball, but cries that she doesn't have a beautiful gown. At once, the Fairy Godmother and her twelve fairies grant her wishes. Cinderella is warned that she must return home by midnight because the spell will be broken and she will be returned to her dirty and ragged self. Excited, Cinderella promises and flies to the Ball in a gilded carriage.





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Studio Spotlight
Ballet Austin's AustinVentures StudioTheater

Watch a professional dance company in action during these performance previews. Up-close, personal, and informal, Studio Spotlight gives guests a preview of the choreography and elements from the upcoming production while it is still in the works accompanied by a brief lecture and Q & A with Artistic Director Stephen Mills and company dancers. Free. Learn more or sign up.

One hour prior to all performances
The Long Center

Enhance your experience at the ballet with a pre-show lecture and Q&A for all ages. Ballet Austin's Education staff gives a short, informal, interactive presentation on the historical, creative, and technical elements of the production. Free for ticket holders. Learn more.

Immediately following all performances
The Long Center

Immediately following all performances of Director's Choice Ballet Austin's Artistic Director Stephen Mills invites audience members to a short post-performance discussion about the work just seen. Free for ticket holders. Learn more.

The Long Center
8pm | May 6 Audio description by VSA Texas available for this show, 7
2pm | May 7
3pm | May 8

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