Cinderella ballet adapted for younger audiences

Cinderella dances on the stage.
Queensland Ballet will perform a condensed 60-minute version of Cinderella, with special workshops designed to complement the ballet for children. | Queensland Ballet

A condensed version of Cinderella will be performed especially for tiny fans of the most famous of fairytales in Queensland Ballet’s upcoming My First Ballet Series.

In the magical 60-minute version, Cinderella’s life of hardship has been transformed by her Fairy Godmother. Her dreams become a breathtaking reality when she dances with a dashing Prince in a candlelit ballroom. But as midnight approaches, her beautiful dream must end, leaving behind only a jewelled slipper.

As part of the series, Queensland Ballet teaching artists will host workshops for children.

The workshops have been designed to complement the performance viewing experience, but they can also be enjoyed without attending a Cinderella performance.

The shortened version has been adapted from Ben Stevenson’s original production by choreographer Matthew Lawrence.

Mr Lawrence said the family-friendly format focused on everyday experiences of sadness, bullying, love and strength in hard times.

“I have our youngest audiences members in mind and the Fairy Godmother will be there to act as their narrator,” he said. “And as a parent, I have not forgotten the adults, so I’ve made sure there are moments for them too.”

In the workshop for two to five year-olds, children will explore the story, music and characters of Cinderella with their parent or carer. The workshop for six to 12 year-olds will begin with a short ballet class warm up, followed by a class on storytelling and creative movement skills.

“These sessions are the perfect complement to your Cinderella experience, offering a deeper connection to the magic of ballet and storytelling,” Mr Lawrence said.

Cinderella is at the Talbot Theatre, Thomas Dixon Centre, from 20 – 29 June 2024. For more information and tickets, click here. For the pre-performance workshop, click here.

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