Brandon Ballet presents Cinderella | osprey observer
Brandon Ballet will present Cinderella for one evening only on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. The ballet will be performed at Riverview High School, located at 11311 Boyette Rd. in Riverview.
Tickets are available online at www.brandonballet.org. Adults are $35 ($40 at the door), Children and Seniors are $25 ($30 at the door) and Homeschool Groups and Students are $15 ($20 at the door) .
Cinderella tells the story of a young girl who finds herself at the mercy of her stepmother and her cruel stepsisters, who reduce her to the status of a cleaning lady. Despite her terrible situation, she never loses hope. Cinderella receives an invitation to a ball at the palace, and rumor has it that the prince is going to choose his bride at the ball. However, her mother-in-law puts many obstacles to her participation. But, in the end, Cinderella finds love and happiness.
The role of Cinderella will be interpreted by Sarah Parry, professional dancer of the Brandon Ballet.
Hannah Townend, Executive Director of Brandon Ballet, said: “This is her second time playing the role of Cinderella, and she’s been thrilled to bring a fresh take on the role since her first performance in 2018.”
Brentwood Townend will dance the role of the prince. Townend is also a professional dancer with the Brandon Ballet.
In January 2022, Townend said: “Brentwood Townend has also been asked to fill the role of Assistant Artistic Director at Brandon Ballet. Alongside Courtney Moody, fellow professional and performer of the role of Fairy Godmother, he helped guide the ballet and company as well as dance the lead role.
The performance of Cinderella will also feature two guest artists. This includes Fay Leonard, who will play one of the half-sisters, and Jeff Cassamajor, who will play the humorous role of the ballet master in the first act.
According to Townend, “The choreography for this production is heavily inspired by the original choreography as well as unique versions by the late Richard Munro and, more recently, Doricha Sales. Brentwood Townend takes their thrilling and intricate choreography and adds other enchanting details and moments that we think audiences will thoroughly enjoy.
Townend added, “Although Brandon Ballet is small, it is dedicated to providing quality ballet training and performance in the Tampa Bay area. Our dancers are recognized for their professionalism and technical skills. We pride ourselves on each dancer’s individual growth through the performances and events we offer.