First State Ballet Theatre to debut ‘Cinderella’

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Family-friendly production is company’s second world premiere this season

First State Ballet Theatre will present the premiere of ‘Cinderella’ at the Grand Opera House on April 12 and April 13. Photo by Tisa Della-Volpe

First State Ballet Theatre will present the premiere of ‘Cinderella’ at the Grand Opera House on April 12 and April 13. Photo by Tisa Della-Volpe

Continuing its tradition of presenting a Delaware or world premiere each season, First State Ballet Theatre (FSBT) will debut “Cinderella” – its second world premiere of the 2013-14 season – on the main stage of Wilmington’s Grand Opera House.

FSBT dancer and choreographer Alex Buckner has set the piece on FSBT’s 22-person professional company. Buckner is a 2013-14 DDOA Emerging Artist Fellowship recipient who choreographed the company’s April 2013 world premiere of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and its February 2014 world premiere of “Irene.” His work was also featured at the 2011 Delaware Arts Summit, a FSBT news release said.

“FSBT’s ‘Cinderella’ presents the classic fairy tale with the ultimate happy ending. Goodness prevails, evil is thwarted, justice triumphs and joy reigns supreme,” said Robert Grenfell, FSBT’s president and executive director. “It’s a humorous, uplifting, joyful show sure to delight patrons of all ages and is ideal entertainment for families. In addition to Alex’s engaging choreography and Prokofiev’s enchanting score, our production will feature more than 40 spectacular new costumes, most designed and created in Russia.”

“Cinderella” show times are April 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now; adults $28 to $48; students 18 and under 50 percent off; and seniors, groups and military, $5 off (discounts are not available online). Call 800-37-GRAND or order online at www.ticketsatthegrand.org.

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Tags: Alex Buckner, Cinderella, First State Ballet Theatre (FSBT), Robert Grenfell

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