Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 14, 2013

Young feet to bring Cinderella to ball

Five local youth dancers will use ballet shoes, not glass slippers to help audiences see Cinderella find her happily ever after.

The New England Civic Ballet, a non-profit dance company, is staging Prokofiev’s Cinderella Ballet. The cast includes Andover dancers Emily Bartner, Grace Conway, Amanda Hornick, E.B. McCarthy, Jen Monderer and Elaina Ventre, as well as other dancers from multiple dance studios in the Merrimack Valley.

“They have been rehearsing every Sunday with directors Phyllis George and Roshni Pecora and are ready to perform a beautiful version of this familiar fairytale and classical ballet,” the company said in a release. “The costumes, scenery, choreography and talented dancers from all over the area promise to make this a memorable production.”

Performances will be held at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College on the Andover/North Andover line on Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets may be ordered online at or by calling the studio at 978-975-0289.

The ballet begins as Cinderella and her stepsisters receive an invite to the Prince’s ball where he hopes to choose a bride. She watches as her obnoxious stepsisters make preparations to go to this celebrated event, but she is not allowed to go. They leave for the ball in their “finest” and poor Cinderella is left in her rags at home. Her fairy godmother soon arrives and works her magic to ensure that Cinderella will be the belle of the ball. The celebration is joyous but of course at midnight, Cinderella runs out of the ball leaving behind a slipper that the heartbroken prince uses to find her.

Residents are invited “to see the dancers perform this timeless tale through dance and emotions,” according to the NECB.

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