Milwaukee Ballet Kicks Off 40th Anniversary with Prokofiev’s Cinderella

Classic fairy tale will captivate audiences at the Marcus Center October 22-25

MILWAUKEE – September 21, 2009 – Milwaukee Ballet begins its 40th anniversary season with the magical family favorite Cinderella, showing at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts October 22 – 25, 2009. This classical ballet features Sergei Prokofiev’s jubilant score performed live by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Dancers from Milwaukee Ballet School will join the Company to add to the charm of this production.

This treasured fairy tale follows a young woman’s journey from servant to princess, combining the magic of fairy godmothers and spells with the true emotions of love and heartache. Cherished by adults and children alike, Cinderella will whisk audiences into an enchanted kingdom filled with period costumes, a dashing prince and hilarious antics from two incompetent step-sisters.

A favorite in the ballet repertoire, the most popular version of Cinderella is based on French author Charles Perrault’s story of a kind young girl whose father marries a haughty woman with two equally vain daughters. Forced by her step-mother and step-sisters to do the housework, the girl sleeps among the cinders and becomes known as “Cinderella.” Distraught over not being able to attend the Prince’s ball, Cinderella is transformed into a beautiful princess with the help of her fairy godmother, beautiful glass slippers and a pumpkin-turned-carriage.

Cinderella runs October 22-25, 2009 at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee. Tickets to the performance start at $23. To order or for additional information, call (414) 902-2103 or visit www.milwaukeeballet.org. Cinderella is sponsored by Assurant Health and Johnson Bank.


Prince Charming Custard

In honor of Milwaukee Ballet’s 40th anniversary and Cinderella, Kopp’s Frozen Custard will serve “Prince Charming” custard on Thursday, October 22. Prince Charming is red raspberry custard with marshmallow ribbons and confetti sugar. In addition to the custard, those who save their Kopp’s receipt can redeem it for a free poster at the Ballet Boutique during Cinderella. Tickets to the show are required to obtain the poster.

 

Family Subscription Package
The popular Family Package returns, offering the enchantment of this season’s family-friendly shows at a great price. The 2009-10 package includes tickets to Cinderella, The Nutcracker and the world premiere of Peter Pan. Filled with performances for ballet-goers of any age, this is a great way for people to spend quality time with their families and grow their passion for dance.

 

Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 18 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of nearly 900 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.