Wee Cin­derella

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ALONG­SIDE its main pro­duc­tion, Scot­tish Bal­let will also be stag­ing in­clu­sive per­for­mances for peo­ple with ad­di­tional needs, and a spe­cial Wee Cin­derella strand – an hour-long per­for­mance suit­able for chil­dren aged three and older.

The au­di­ence gets to meet the cast in cos­tume be­fore­hand while the per­for­mance is in­ter­ac­tive.

Christo­pher, be­low, ex­plains: “It’s a re­ally fun ex­pe­ri­ence – not just for the young peo­ple and par­tic­i­pants but for their par­ents, guardians and car­ers, too.

“It’s lovely to see ev­ery­one en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence as unit. They’re re­ally im­por­tant per­for­mances for us to give – it re­minds us all why we do what we do.”

as well as a chal­lenge to shine light on dif­fer­ent as­pects of the story,” Christo­pher says.

“This story does fol­low a young woman who has suf­fered grief and is suf­fer­ing, and she wants to find a way out. The orig­i­nal story is about a young woman who meets a very rich young man, and he mar­ries her in or­der to get her out of that co­nun­drum.

“I just don’t feel they’re mes­sages I re­ally sup­port in this day and age – that’s not how peo­ple find their way out of grief, or any dif­fi­cult time they’re fac­ing.

“So in mak­ing it about na­ture – and mak­ing the prince as lonely as Cin­derella is in his gilded palace – in a way it’s about two lonely peo­ple find­ing each other, and gen­uinely fall­ing in love. The fi­nal part is not about them get­ting mar­ried – they meet each other and go on a proper date with­out any of the pomp or cir­cum­stance.”

The Christ­mas show is al­ways a par­tic­u­larly spe­cial one for the com­pany each year, be­cause for many peo­ple in the au­di­ence it’s of­ten their first ex­pe­ri­ence of bal­let.

“We take it as a re­ally big re­spon­si­bil­ity to make that ex­pe­ri­ence as mag­i­cal and spe­cial as we pos­si­bly can,” Christo­pher says. “It’s not just about how they’re en­joy­ing

Barn­aby in full flow

The show is a spec­tac­u­lar af­fair

Grace Holer and Kayla-ma­ree Taran­tolo as the step­sis­ters

Barn­aby and So­phie

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