Ballet West readies new 'Cinderella' for Valentine’s Day

By Heather Hayes

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Feb. 9 2013 12:30 p.m. MST

Another paramount moment is the kitchen scene after the ball in which Cinderella, dressed again in rags, wakes up from what she believes may have been a wonderful dream.

“Then she finds that slipper in her pocket and everything changes. Not just her face, but also the way she moves, holds herself and executes steps,” says Williams. All agree it’s a magical scene.

There are company-wide challenges in mounting the storybook ballet as well. The vastness of the production may be the greatest.

“We are utilizing the whole company, plus Ballet West II and even many of the academy children,” says Sklute, “And the parts aren’t just courtesans standing around the stage. They’re carefully choreographed roles.”

In Sklute’s estimation, Ballet West, and particularly the three Cinderellas, have devoured the challenge. Not a surprise for a ballet company robust enough to handle cameras zooming in on dancers' every move for weeks on end, watching a spliced narrative of themselves unfold on TV months later, and then agreeing to do it all over again for another season. If Ballet West does have a “breaking point,” we’ve yet to see it.

If you go…

What: Ballet West’s “Cinderella”

When: Feb. 14-17, 20-23 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.

Where: Capitol Theatre, 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City

How Much: $19-$75

Tickets: 801-355-ARTS or

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