Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story
Remember when families gathered around the television set on a Saturday night? That era, the 1950’s, is the setting for Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, a retro retelling of everybody’s favourite fairy tale.
Experience this unique take on the old-age story complete with vintage couture-inspired costumes, electric choreography melded with Richard Rodgers’ music, all arranged for a live jazz orchestra by legendary Winnipeg bandleader Ron Paley.
Photo: Company dancers Katie Bonnell and Dmitri Dovgoselets; Photo by Rejean Brandt
Featured Creative Team
Music Arrangements & Orchestrations
Scenic and Costume Design
Sheryl Flatow & Val Caniparoli
Sophia Lee as Nancy
Jo-Ann Sundermeier as Nancy/Stepmother
Sarah Davey as Stepmother
Alanna McAdie as Stepsister
Katie Bonnell as Stepsister
Yayoi Ban as Fairy Godmother
Elizabeth Lamont as Skunk
Jaimi Deleau as Flamingo
Manami Tsubai as Duck
Jesse Petrie as Rabbit
Yoshiko Mino as Dog
Chenxin Liu as Swan
Sarah Yeung as Squirrel
Josh Reynolds as Bob
Liang Xing as Bob/Butler - Penguin
Yosuke Mino as Dog
Kostyantyn Keshyshev as Buter - Penguin
Ryan Vetter as Raccoon
Egor Zdor as Beaver
Luzemberg Santana as Frog
Philippe Larouche as Cow
Thiago Dos Santos as Pig
Tyler Carver as Kangaroo
Liam Caines as Goat
All casting is subject to change
Scene I: The Starlight Ballroom
The dance is in full swing when Bob makes his entrance; once again he takes over the room. At last Nancy arrives, and time seems to stop. She appears vaguely familiar to Bob, and as he gazes on her now, he is smitten. When at last they meet, they heat up the evening with a torrid pas de deux. Nancy and Bob have eyes only for each other. Nancy loses track of time, and is shocked when she hears the first of twelve gongs counting down to midnight. As the last gong sounds, she runs into the open elevator with Bob in pursuit.
Scene II: A Corner of the Estate/Somewhere in a Park
Unbeknownst to each other, Bob and Nancy simultaneously reminisce about the evening and their lost love.
Scene III: The Family Estate
It’s the day after the dance, and the stepsisters, consumed by jealousy, torment Nancy with renewed vigor. As the stepmother intervenes, they all stop to listen to a special television announcement about a handsome young heir who is asking his mystery woman to rendezvous with him that evening in the ballroom.
The stepmother and stepsisters have the same thought: they cannot let Nancy out of the house.
Before the unsuspecting girl realizes what is happening, the stepfamily is upon her and ties her up. They believe that with Nancy out of the way, they have a chance with Bob.
Scene IV: The Ballroom
Bob is alone in the ballroom, when the elevator doors open and a mob of young women swoop down on him. Each girl has done her best to look like Nancy, in the belief that she can trick Bob into believing she is his lost love. But no one dances like his mystery woman. Suddenly the elevator doors open again and Nancy appears.
Scene V: A Garden
The godmother, with assistance from the animals, again transforms the surroundings into a magnificent outdoor setting. A gold moon shines down. As the stepmother and her daughters leave town, Nancy and Bob settle in to watch Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
... And they lived happily ever after.