A Cinderella Story: Celebrating 15 Years of Performances

Megan Hustel dances with a broom in “Cinderella.” (Submitted photo)

Megan Hustel dances with a broom in “Cinderella.” (Submitted photo)

By Anna Skinner

A classic tale loved by all will be performed at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Carmel on May 16 by Central Indiana Dance Ensemble. The dancers will perform a full-length story ballet of “Cinderella” at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The performance runs around two hours including the intermission. Tickets cost $25 for adults, and $18 for children under 18.

The CIDE has performed “Cinderella” two other times, but not in the past five years. They are putting the story together to celebrate their 15th anniversary. Recently, the “Cinderella” movie was released, and the CIDE believe the publicity from the movie will bring more attendance.

“I think it’s the perfect time to perform this ballet because the “Cinderella” movie just came out a few weeks ago so now we have a real, live version for families to enjoy,” Alexa Amatulli, marketing supervisor for the CIDE board of directors, said.

Amatulli said that spring performances usually always sell out.

“We perform popular movies that people know and that they want to see on stage,” Amatulli said. She also said she believes the show will sell out quick. “It’s a Disney classic. I think people love “Cinderella” and the story of her coming from nothing and falling in love with a prince.”

Auditions for the cast were held in November. Every Saturday since the cast was announced the dancers have practiced. They will continue to meet every week up until the week of performance, when dress rehearsals will be held.

All dancers at CIDE are pre-professional, aged anywhere from kindergarten to seniors in high school. Normally the older dancers put on the full length story ballets.

Tickets are available through the Center of Performing Arts Box Office. They can be reached at 843-3800 or online at cftpa.cloudtix.com.

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