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