Contact: Erin Drennan, Artistic Director 631-645-3708
For Immediate Release October 2010
That Awful Cinderella
The FAITH Dance Project, a children’s pre-professional ballet company based in Merrick, Long Island, and the students of Integral Ballet, performed That AWFUL Cinderella on October 21st at 7:30 p.m., at the Bellmore Movie Theater on Pettit Avenue.
The re-inspired spin on the classic Cinderella tale was a fundraiser to raise money for the American Lung Association. This is the project’s six annual performance raising money for NYS American Lung Association for asthma research in memory of Faith Floridia. The project's total contribution reached over $5000 this year. The cast learned new choreography to Prokofiev’s original Cinderella score.
That AWFUL Cinderella portrays a new perspective on the traditional story as Cinderella’s doting older sisters want nothing more than what’s best for her, though she can be a difficult little sister at times. Only their mother was invited to the masquerade ball at the castle and Cinderella doesn’t understand why she can’t go with her. She sneaks out of the house and through the forest against the advice of the enchanted dancing clock that reminds her it’s past her bedtime. Once in the forest, an old, magical beggar-lady appears and helps grant Cinderella her wish to attend the ball. The charming forest fairies and dragonflies light her way.
When Cinderella arrives at the ball she is frightened by the masked dancers but decides to relish in the excitement for a few dances. As the evening continues on her fear grows and she searches for an exit to no avail. She knows if she’s still at the ball at midnight she’ll get caught sneaking out and be in big trouble with her mother and sisters.
In addition to many hours of technique classes and rehearsals each week, members of the FAITH Dance Project also participate in the entire production of each ballet presented. Intermediate to advanced level ballet students are involved with every aspect of production including rehearsals, setting choreography, scenery and costumes, lighting, programs and literature as well as the selection of the repertoire.