Fairy tale coming to Lone Tree stage

`Cinderella' ballet displays skills of young dancers

Posted 8/28/16

Set to Prokofiev's lovely score, the much-loved tale of Cinderella and her Prince Charming will unfold on the mainstage at Lone Tree Arts Center on Sept. 3 and 4, as 60 dancers of the Littleton Youth Ballet, in association with the Littleton Ballet …

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Fairy tale coming to Lone Tree stage

`Cinderella' ballet displays skills of young dancers

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Set to Prokofiev's lovely score, the much-loved tale of Cinderella and her Prince Charming will unfold on the mainstage at Lone Tree Arts Center on Sept. 3 and 4, as 60 dancers of the Littleton Youth Ballet, in association with the Littleton Ballet Academy, present “Cinderella.”

The role of Cinderella is shared by three young dancers: 16-year-old Jenna Armstrong of Highlands Ranch, 16-year-old Alyssa Palazzo from Littleton and 15-year-old Madeline Ryner of Littleton.

“The dancers all aspire to be professional dancers. The girls are very different in style and presentation as well as height. But being Cinderella is a dream come true for all of them and they graciously share the role,” said Alison Jaramillo, co-director of Littleton Ballet Academy.

Jaramillo adds that “the Littleton Ballet Academy strives to present the most professional production possible. The company rents professional backdrops and also uses full sets, including a magnificent carriage that was previously used by Colorado Ballet. Dancers rehearse up to three times a week (with the youngest dancers only rehearsing once a week) in addition to their regular class schedule.”

Two guest artists will appear in the production. Colorado Ballet dancer Bryce Lee will reprise the role of the Prince and perennial favorite Scott Elliott will perform as the wicked Stepmother.

Prokofiev wrote the music for “Cinderella” in 1940-44 and the ballet premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1945.

There will be a meet-and-greet with the fairy-tale characters after every performance so young audience members can see the ballerinas up close, Jaramillo added. The goal is to introduce young families to the arts in a friendly setting. A red carpet will greet young viewers outside the theater as a special welcome.

Littleton Ballet Academy, in its new home at 1169 West Littleton Blvd., offers classes to students ranging from 18 months to adult. Ballet, pre-ballet, jazz, modern, tap, conditioning, physical theater and boys ballet are offered. The Littleton Youth Ballet Company is comprised of 70 young dancers who want to perform in the full-length productions.

If you go

“Cinderella” will be performed at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3 and at noon and 5 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10025 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets cost $21 to $29 and can be purchased by calling 720-509-1000 or at littletonyouthballet.org.

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