First staged in 1981, Alice Reyes' “Cinderella” is a joyful mixture of kings, princes, fairies, and animals set to a collage of music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who composed some of the world's greatest ballet music. Although intended as a ballet for children, both young and young-at-heart audiences are sure to be enthralled by this lighthearted production. This will be Cinderella’s fifth re-staging and 33rd anniversary.
"What we, at Ballet Philippines, would hope for is that our re-telling of the treasured children's story of ‘Cinderella’ will fill the hearts of all in the audience with child-like joy and wonder and an early sprinkling of holiday cheer for the coming Christmas season," says Alice Reyes, who was named National Artist for Dance earlier this year. Reyes is also Ballet Philippines’ founder and Artistic Director Emeritus.
The role of Cinderella will be played by Soloist Denise Parungao and Junior Company Member Monica Amanda Gana. This is Gana's first lead role with Ballet Philippines, while Parungao was last seen in the title role of Ballet Philippines’ “Giselle” in 2013 and 2014. Playing opposite them as Prince Charming are Principal Dancers Jean Marc Cordero and Richardson Yadao.
To add even more magic to this production, Madame Isabelle Garachon, wife of the French Ambassador to the Philippines and former professional dancer, will be playing the role of Cinderella's wicked stepmother, alternating with Ballet Philippines President Margie Moran Floirendo.
“Cinderella” will be performed at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on the following dates and times: November 28 (3PM & 8PM), November 29 (2PM & 6PM), November 30 (2PM & 6PM), December 5 (3PM & 8PM), December 6 (10AM & 6PM), and December 7 (2PM & 6PM).
The artistic and creative teams of Cinderella are led by Alice Reyes (Choreographer), Salvador Bernal(+) (Set & Costume Designer), Monino Duque (Lighting Designer), Barbara Tan-Tiongco (Technical Director), Ricardo Cruz (Set Consultant), Dennis Maristany (Costume Consultant), and Victor Ursabia and Ramon Victoria (Restagers).
The Character in Ballet Philippines Present : Alice Reyes "Cinderella"
The beautiful and kindhearted daughter of a nobleman. Orphaned and left under the care of his second wife, Brunhilda, she was reduced to the post of a servant in her own house.
The eldest of three brothers, he enjoys the comfort and leisure that come with life as a royal. Naturally contemplative, he starts to wonder what more lies in store for him.
A twice-widowed woman made rich by her first husband (a tax collector) and respectable by her second (a nobleman, Cinderella’s father). She loves her own daughters Prunella and Griselda dearly, and is eager for them to marry up into royalty.
Prunella & Griselda
Cinderella’s vain, awkward, and utterly unrefined stepsisters. Disdainful of the servant girl’s natural beauty and grace, they make her life difficult with their endless demands.
King Christopher Rupert Vladimir Alexander Francois Reginald Herman
The jolly and beloved father of the three Princes and a kind, benevolent leader of the kingdom. He is getting old and anxious for his sons to settle down, marry, and finally give him grandchildren.
Prince Desire & Prince Fortune
Prince Charming’s brothers and the hapless targets of the stepsisters’ charms. More easygoing than their brother, they are happy and contented with their lives as young royals.
Cinderella’s guardian ever since she was orphaned. Kindness personified, she rewards Cinderella’s good deeds and gentle nature. Ultimately, she helps her to find love and live happily ever after.
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