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Cin­derella

Photo: MAARTEN HOLL

Look­ing the part: Royal New Zealand Bal­let per­form­ers, from left, Paul Mathews as the Grasshop­per, Lucy Bal­four as Rose and Lucy Green as Cin­derella in the lav­ish cos­tumes of the 2012 sea­son pro­duc­tion of Cin­derella. With them are bal­let manag­ing di­rec­tor Amanda Skoog and Tel­straClear chief ex­ec­u­tive Al­lan Freeth, whose com­pany has signed a 31⁄ year $1 mil­lion spon­sor­ship deal with the bal­let. The Royal New Zealand Bal­let has em­braced the ex­trav­a­gance of the much-loved rag-to-riches tale of Cin­derella, re­vamp­ing the de­signs by New Zealand cos­tume de­signer Tracy Grant Lord. The cos­tumes, many em­bed­ded with white, pink and green Swarovski crys­tals, were the hit of the 2007 tour and this sea­son’s are even more sump­tu­ous. Cin­derella’s tutu was the lat­est to re­ceive an en­chant­ing trans­for­ma­tion – the four tu­tus to be used dur­ing the sea­son each fea­ture 90,000 crys­tals.

is on at the St James The­atre from Au­gust 2 to 11 be­fore tour­ing na­tion­wide.

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