Ce­cil Dance The­atre to put on fairy­tale for Mother’s Day

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By DARA MCBRIDE


— A show­ing of the bal­let “Cin­derella” will leave area moms feel­ing like roy­alty this Mother’s Day week­end.

Tick­ets for the show – which is from Ce­cil Dance The­atre and will be per­formed at the Mil­burn Stone The­atre on Ce­cil Col­lege’s North East cam­pus – are now on sale. All moms who at­tend will re­ceive a gift bag filled with treats and coupons val­ued at over $300.

Ce­cil Dance The­atre worked with about two dozen lo­cal busi­nesses to spon­sor dis­counts, free tri­als or coupons to cre­ate these free goody bags, said com­pany di­rec­tor Tina Travers.

“We just wanted to take this op­por­tu­nity to let all moms know they are ap­pre­ci­ated for


all they do. They spend count­less hours shut­tling ev­ery­one to their prac­tices and events, tak­ing care of the run­ning of the home, and guid­ing and nur­tur­ing young lives,” said Travers, who is a mom of two her­self.

Although the dance com­pany has put on shows for Mother’s Day be­fore, Travers said this is the first time they are re­ally or­ga­niz­ing an event around the hol­i­day. Since “Cin­derella” is a timeless fairy­tale, adults can en­joy it with their kids, Travers said.

“There’s no work for mom – she can just sit back and re­lax and en­joy the show. If she has kids, they can come along,” Travers said.

Ce­cil Dance The­atre, a non­profit per­form­ing com­pany as­so­ci­ated with Ce­cil Dan­cen­ter, puts on two full-scale pro­duc­tions for the com­mu­nity each year. In the up­com­ing show, a ma­jor­ity of the per­form­ers are teens, although some chil­dren and adults ap­pear in small roles. The cast of 45 has been re­hears­ing since Jan­uary.

As per­form­ers, the show – chore­ographed by Rus­sian bal­let mistress Anya IvanovaBo­jko – also presents a num­ber of fun chal­lenges, Travers added. She en­cour­aged au­di­ence mem­bers to keep their eyes open dur­ing the trans­for­ma­tion scene, where Cin­derella’s rags must turn into a ball­gown.

There are also a cou­ple fun mo­ments for fam­i­lies. All chil­dren at­tend­ing will be able to join cast mem­bers on­stage 15 min­utes prior to each per­for­mance for a dance party. Au­di­ence mem­bers will also be able to take pic­tures af­ter the show with Cin­derella, the prince, fairy god­mother and other fa­vorite char­ac­ters for a small do­na­tion to the dance com­pany.

Eigh­teen-year-old Ju­lia Dann will be at the show with her mom – but not in the au­di­ence. Dann, a stu­dent at Ris­ing Sun High School who has been with Ce­cil Dan­cen­ter for 14 years, will por­tray Cin­derella. Her mom will be back­stage to as­sist her with cos­tume changes.

“My mom will be at all of the shows, and she will ac­tu­ally be back­stage help­ing me change to make sure I am able to get out on­stage on time,” said Dann, who added her mom also hand­made all of her tiaras for the show.

Au­di­ence mem­bers will en­joy the eye-catch­ing cos­tumes, Dann said. She said she hopes peo­ple will turn out to the show even if they aren’t fa­mil­iar with bal­let. There are some clas­si­cal and some non­tra­di­tional dance scenes, as well as a cou­ple sur­prises, she said.

“Lit­tle kids es­pe­cially will like it,” she said.

Dann said Cin­derella was the first princess story she re­ally re­mem­bers. When she vis­ited Dis­ney World as a child all she wanted to do was meet Cin­derella, so it’s a “dream come true” to por­tray the char­ac­ter.

“Cin­derella” will be per­formed at 3 p.m. on May 7 and 8. Tick­ets – which are $20 for adults, $18 for stu­dents and se­niors, and $10 for chil­dren – may be pur­chased on­line at www.ce­cil­dan­cen­ter.com or call the box of­fice at 410-2871037.


Ju­lia Dann will por­tray the ti­tle char­ac­ter in Ce­cil Dance The­atre’s up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of “Cin­derella.”

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