Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story

Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story

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


    Val Caniparoli

    Lighting and Sound Design

    Alexander V. Nichols

    Music Arrangements & Orchestrations

    Ron Paley

    Scenic and Costume Design

    Sandra Woodall


    Sheryl Flatow & Val Caniparoli

Full Cast

Sophia Lee
Sophia Lee as Nancy
Jo-Ann Sundermeier
Jo-Ann Sundermeier as Nancy/Stepmother
Sarah Davey
Sarah Davey as Stepmother
Alanna McAdie
Alanna McAdie as Stepsister
Katie Bonnell
Katie Bonnell as Stepsister
Yayoi Ban
Yayoi Ban as Fairy Godmother
Elizabeth Lamont
Elizabeth Lamont as Skunk
Jaimi Deleau
Jaimi Deleau as Flamingo
Manami Tsubai
Manami Tsubai as Duck
Jesse Petrie
Jesse Petrie as Rabbit
Yoshiko Mino
Yoshiko Mino as Dog
Chenxin Liu
Chenxin Liu as Swan
Sarah Yeung
Sarah Yeung as Squirrel
Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds as Bob
Liang Xing
Liang Xing as Bob/Butler - Penguin
Yosuke Mino
Yosuke Mino as Dog
Kostyantyn Keshyshev
Kostyantyn Keshyshev as Buter - Penguin
Ryan Vetter
Ryan Vetter as Raccoon
Egor Zdor
Egor Zdor as Beaver
Tyler Carver
Tyler Carver as Kangaroo
Liam Caines
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.