Back by popular demand, Ballet Classics for Children: Cinderella returns online to bewitch audiences of all ages with its triumphant rags-to-riches story! Featuring fresh new choreography and direction by Septime Webre and based on an original concept and script by Yuri Ng and Rick Lau, this entertaining one-hour adaptation of the classic fairytale follows Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother and the handsome Prince on a whirlwind adventure to the Royal Ball where her enchanted transformation will only last until the clock strikes midnight! The ugly Stepsisters’ slapstick antics provide ample wit and humour to get the whole family giggling safe at home, and Hong Kong Ballet dancers show how heartbreak turns to joy as the power of love conquers all. In English and Cantonese; subtitles available.
Choreography & Direction: Septime Webre
Associate Director: Ata Wong^
Script & Original Concept: Yuri Ng and Rick Lau
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Costume Design: Yoki Lai
Set Design: Leocampo Yuen
Narrator: Yung Yin Sing Lucas
^By kind permission of Théâtre de la Feuille
Yung Yin Sing Lucas graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama in 2019. That same year, he was nominated for Best Actor for his role as Peter in Luna Gale at the 11th Hong Kong Theatre Libre and won HKAPA’s Outstanding Actor Award for his role as Zhu Yuanzhang in its production of Dust and Dawn. Recently, he was awarded Level 1-B in the PSC (National Putonghua Proficiency Test).
Ata Wong is a director, choreographer, actor and physical acting coach. He graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. After founding Théâtre de la Feuille in 2010, he created productions that toured worldwide and collaborated with numerous productions, movies and concerts.
In 2019, his outstanding contributions to arts and culture received official commendation from the Hong Kong SAR Government. He also won Director of the Year at the 2019 IATC (HK) Critics Awards, Best Director and Best Performance at the 2019 The Hong Kong Theatre Libre and Award for Young Artist (Drama) at the 2017 Hong Kong Arts Development Awards.
The Narrator warmly welcomes the audience and introduces different stage elements such as the set, follow spot, elegant costumes like Cinderella's tiara and fun props including her broom. He also shares about various classical ballet choreography like the pirouette, grand jete, fouette turns and pointe shoes with help from the Jester and Swans who demonstrate the steps. We then meet the colourful main characters of our fairytale...
The household is abuzz with excitement when an invitation to the Royal Ball at the palace arrives! The Stepmother and Ugly Stepsisters, eager to meet the Prince, immediately put on new dresses and leave Cinderella sad and alone at home. To her great surprise, her Fairy Godmother appears and magically creates a gorgeous ballgown for her, so Cinderella can go to the ball and meet the Prince too. But she must get home before midnight when the spell will be broken. Cinderella has a wonderful time at the ball waltzing with the Prince and almost forgets about the deadline! She flees, leaving one of her shoes behind.
The next day, the Stepmother and Ugly Stepsisters gossip about a beautiful princess who left her shoe behind and how the Prince will marry whoever fits the shoe. Shortly afterwards, the Prince arrives and the Ugly Stepsisters eagerly try on the shoe hoping to become his bride. Cinderella unexpectedly brings out her own shoe which exactly matches the one the Prince has! Can you guess what happens next?