Darling, Letís go to the ballet!
I was in complete awe of the ugly stepsisters ó the colourful characters got plenty of laughs from the audience, particularly the ditzy sister who managed to simultaneously look like she couldnít dance and pull off extreme moves and splits. Despite the lack of dialogue, the character work was phenomenal. Each role was well formed and believable, making every scene enjoyable. As a confirmed theatre nerd, I thought the best element of the production was the lighting. I couldnít find fault in any other areas of the performance, but the lighting really stood out. Sidelights beautifully illuminated the dancersí bodies as they moved around the stage, which was decked out with simple but classy set pieces.
My favourite scene was the dreamlike fairy godmother sequence. A huge tree spanned the back of the stage, champagne-hued flowers dangling from its branches, while the moon was depicted as a giant, marbled-pink flowerhead. I struggled to keep my mouth shut as I gawped at the beauty. I donít think Iíve ever been so moved by a ballet before, particularly one that tells such a well-known story. I hope that the performance inspired the children twirling around the aisles in their dance gear to grow up and become ballerinas themselves. I wonder how many will end up on the stage? One thingís for sure, Cinderella certainly made me rethink my degree.