This February the Colorado Ballet is performing Cinderella. Putting this ballet together requires a lot of rehearsing and hard work. All the dancers rehearse for thirty hours a week. At a recent rehearsal, they worked for almost a whole hour on the horses which are played by kids. The horses pull Cinderella’s carriage to the ball.
“I love the ballroom scene because the jester does some fabulous dancing (and) there is a grand waltz with 18 dancers. Cinderella’s stepmother and sisters are very funny and Cinderella meets the prince and falls in love so it is also touching and romantic,” said Lorita Travaglia, the ballet mistress for the Colorado Ballet. As a ballet mistress, Lorita learns all the choreography so that she can rehearse and clean up the ballet. Lorita is also playing the role of Cinderella’s stepmother.
“Children love this ballet and it is suitable for all ages. The stepsisters are very funny and there are some children in the production as well,” Lorita said. The kids in the production play angels, horses, a crown bearer, and an orange bearer.
The Colorado Ballet has done a different version of Cinderella before. This year’s ballet is choreographed by Ben Stevenson. The Colorado Ballet’s Cinderella is a little different from other versions because there is a father, the stepmother is played by a woman instead of by a man, and the stepsisters are played by men.
Just two weeks before the show the dancers where rehearsing at the Colorado Ballet’s studio. All the dancers were in the studio waiting for their turn to rehearse. They were not using costumes and or many props yet. Everyone was simply working on perfecting their dances. The two ballet mistresses were giving corrections and notes to all of the dancers. They even brought in a costume to adjust and fit on one of the young boy dancers.
“Cinderella works especially well (as a ballet) because there is a ball so lots of dancing and there are many different characters that can be portrayed very well through mime and dance,” said Lorita. You can see the performances Feb. 20-23.