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Cinderella Student Matinee 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Student matinee
Students in lobby during intermission

On Thursday, February 13, 2014 a row of school buses pulled up to the front of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for Colorado Ballet’s Student Matinee of the classic Cinderella. This was the one of the final dress rehearsals before the big opening night of the production. For the discounted price of only $7, this matinee served nearly 2,000 children from about 40 different school groups. 

Anne O’Connor, Colorado Ballet’s Director of Education and Community Partnerships, says “For many of the students that attended, it was their first time seeing a show. We had kids from Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, etc., attend, and also students from the *Be Beautiful Be Yourself dance program for children with Down Syndrome. Student Matinees were the first education program that Colorado Ballet offered, which was started by Diane Nolen, a trustee who passed away last year.” 

Student matinee
Student dressed up for matinee

Colorado Ballet’s inspiring Education and Outreach Programs offer after-school programs, in-school performances, student and community performances, scholarships, study materials and activity guides, adult education, and educator appreciation and professional development, etc. The programs make more than 60,000 contacts each year, and strive to make dance accessible to everyone!

Between the adorable miniature-sized Cinderella gowns, the ear to ear smiles, innocent giggles, and twirling through the halls during intermission, the fairytale student matinee of Cinderella was full of magic and enchantment. Students, teachers and chaperones all got to experience the beautiful score of Sergei Prokofiev, played by the live Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and the dazzling choreography by world-renowned choreographer Ben Stevenson.  

*The BBBY program is supported by the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Parking during shows this weekend

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
If you are attending Colorado Ballet's Cinderella this weekend, parking may be an issue. Please arrive early! We highly recommend that you arrive at least one hour before the show starts. The Denver Performing Arts Complex garage is under construction, so half of the spaces are not available. The Colorado Garden and Home Show will be taking place at the Colorado Convention Center, which means that the Convention Center garage and surrounding lots may fill early. Denver Restaurant Week also starts on Saturday, February 22, which may affect restaurants and parking in the area. Late seating will only occur for 15 minutes after the show begins, then patrons will need to wait until the first intermission to be seated. Please plan accordingly. We hope you enjoy Cinderella!

Colorado Ballet's Cinderella - Waltz Rehearsal

Friday, February 14, 2014

This video features artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Cinderella.

Colorado Ballet Interviews Jesse Marks - One of the Cinderella Stepsisters

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This video includes an interview with Colorado Ballet Soloist Jesse Marks and features rehearsal footage of artists of Colorado Ballet.

Colorado Ballet Interviews Sharon Wehner - Cinderella

Monday, February 10, 2014

This video features an interview with Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Sharon Wehner and rehearsal footage featuring artists of Colorado Ballet.

Colorado Ballet Interviews Kevin Wilson - One of the Cinderella Stepsisters

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Featuring an interview with Colorado Ballet's Kevin Wilson and rehearsal video of artists of Colorado Ballet

Colorado Ballet's Cinderella - Cinderella & Prince Rehearsal

Wednesday, February 05, 2014


Featuring Artists of Colorado Ballet

Colorado Ballet's Cinderella - Fairy Godmother Rehearsal

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Featuring Artists of Colorado Ballet

CINDERELLA – Comparing and contrasting the 1950 Walt Disney animated classic film VS the 1970 choreographed Ben Stevenson ballet

Friday, January 24, 2014
  1. In both versions, Cinderella’s mother passes away and her father remarries
  2. In Stevenson’s version, the fairy godmother was once a beggar woman who Cinderella had given bread to
  3. In Disney’s version, Cinderella’s mice friends had sewn her a pink dress for the ball before it got destroyed by her evil stepsisters
  4. In Stevenson’s version, the fairy godmother turns Cinderella’s kitchen into a forest, complete with dragonflies, whereas in Disney’s version Cinderella meets her fairy godmother outside under a tree
  5. In both versions, the fairy godmother gives Cinderella a pair of glass slippers and turns her rags into a gown
  6. In both versions, the fairy godmother turns a pumpkin into a magical coach
  7. In Disney’s version, the mice get turned into horses, whereas in Stevenson’s version four lizards are turned into the horses
  8. In both versions, Cinderella leaves behind one of her glass slippers while rushing out of the ball at midnight
  9. In Stevenson’s version, the prince comes to Cinderella’s house to try to find the owner of the glass slipper, and as Cinderella sits down to try it on her second slipper falls out of her pocket, which is when the prince realizes it was her at the ball and asks for her hand in marriage.
  10. In Disney’s version, when Cinderella goes to try on the glass slipper presented only by the Duke, her evil stepmother trips the Duke causing the glass slipper to fall and shatter. Cinderella then pulls the second slipper out of her apron and proves to the Duke that it fits. Cinderella and the mice are then taken by the Duke to the castle where the prince awaits. 
  11. In both versions, Cinderella’s evil stepsisters both try forcing the glass slipper on before Cinderella gets to, proving that their feet were way too big to fit.
  12. In Stevenson’s version, Cinderella ends up forgiving her stepmother and stepsisters for their cruelty to her, whereas Disney’s version doesn’t mention what happens to them after. 
  13. In both versions, Cinderella and the prince live happily ever after!

Colorado Ballet's Cinderella - Stepsisters Rehearsal PART 2

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Featuring Artists of Colorado Ballet.

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