The Mercyhurst Dancers will close their 2010-11 season with Cinderella, the classic fairy tale set to the music of Prokofiev. Performances are Saturday, April 30, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on the Mercyhurst College campus. In addition, the public is welcome to attend a special preview performance on Friday, April 29, at 4 p.m. (all seats $5, balcony only).
"Cinderella is enchanting and perfect for the entire family,” says Artistic Director Tauna Hunter. “I consider this the best way for families to introduce dance to their children. We haven’t presented this ballet since 2000 and we’re excited to bring it to life once again for the Erie community.”
Cinderella is based on a French folk tale, “The Little Glass Slipper,” and offers a story filled with fun humor, romance and triumph over oppression. Presented in three acts, the Mercyhurst production boasts new costumes and renovated sets that make the story both exceedingly beautiful and very magical.
Graduating senior Christopher Taddiken will dance his farewell performance in the role of the Prince. Graduating ladies Nicole Lyons, Jessica Borowcyzk, Sarah Mastrocola and Claire Hinde will be showcased in the leading roles of Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother and the Step Sisters, respectively, alternating in the roles with the upcoming talent of younger Mercyhurst Dancers.
Following each performance, audience members are invited to meet the characters in the lobby for autographs and photo opportunities.
Tickets are $5-$15.50 and are available by calling 824-3000.