The timeless rag-to-riches tale of Cinderella returns to the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, as Pennsylvania Ballet presents Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, March 13 – 21. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s lush score, audiences immediately enter a world of fantasy through the production’s brilliant choreography, elaborate costumes and stunning sets – among them a majestic palace ballroom, an ornate stagecoach, and an enchanted forest.
Cinderella tells the story of a poor, orphan girl in tattered clothes forced to clean and cook for her stepfamily which includes two wickedly funny stepsisters (portrayed by men in drag). She longs to escape the doldrums of her life when, with the wave of her Fairy Godmother’s wand, a gorgeous dress and “horse”- drawn carriage appears. At the royal family’s ball, Prince Charming is enchanted with the mysterious girl, but when the clock strikes midnight he is left with only one souvenir from their meeting – a glass slipper. The next day, he goes into village to find whose foot is the perfect fit. He finds Cinderella, and she has found her true sole mate. A wedding celebration befitting a princess ensues, and so does their happily-ever-after.
Performances of Cinderella are as follows:
Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 at noon* and 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 19 at 8 p.m.
Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Tickets for Cinderella are on sale now with prices ranging from $24 – $129 and can be purchased by calling 215.893.1999 or online at www.paballet.org. Groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 215.587.6921.
The Pennsylvania Ballet is also offering a number of magical Cinderella events that are perfect for the whole family.
FAMILY DAY EVENT
SATURDAY, MARCH 14 AT 2 P.M.
The performance on Saturday, March 14 at noon is part of Pennsylvania Ballet’s Family Matinee Series and includes a free Family Day event in the Academy Rehearsal Hall, located at 1420 Locust Street, from 2 to 4 p.m. This fun afternoon of entertainment, games and craft activities, as well as autograph opportunities with your favorite dancers keeps the magic of the performance going long after the curtain closes. Major support for the Family Matinee Series is provided by PECO and Capezio.
BRUNCH WITH CINDERELLA
SATURDAY, MARCH 14 AT 10:15 A.M.
You are cordially invited to join other princes and princesses for a buffet brunch and exciting festivities in the Rose Garden of the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. Organized by Co-Chairs Amy Ferracci and Kim Hannum, and a committee of more than 50 loyal subjects, this event will delight audiences of all ages – and everyone gets their picture taken with Cinderella herself. The party is followed by the noon performance of Cinderella at the Academy of Music. Tickets $50 – $200. Sponsorships $500 – $2,500. For more information, please contact Barbara Vogdes at email@example.com or 215.551.7000, ext. 1209.
SATURDAY, MARCH 21 AT 11 A.M.
Dress in your favorite princess attire and join Radio Disney for Cinderella’s Ball at the Doubletree Hotel for a royal spread of sandwiches and sweets, face painting, dancing, games and prizes. The magical afternoon continues at the Academy of Music at the 2 p.m. performance of Cinderella. Package prices start at $85 per person. Order online or call 215.587.6921
ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA BALLET
Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student and protégée Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Company’s annual local season features six programs of classic favorites and new works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. For more information, call 215.551.7000 or visit www.paballet.org.