Ballet Theatre of Md. closing season with all-new `Cinderella'

Production scheduled for two locations on consecutive weekends

Arundel Live

April 19, 2001|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Ballet Theatre of Maryland concludes its 20th anniversary season with a new production of "Cinderella" to be presented at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis and Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts in Brooklyn Park on consecutive weekends beginning Saturday.

Choreographed by artistic director Edward Stewart to the music of Serge Prokofiev, this three-act "Cinderella" ballet promises interesting innovations on the fairy-tale favorite.

"We are very excited to add this completely new production to the company's repertoire and welcome the opportunity to stage it in different venues," Stewart said.

Two Cinderellas

On Saturday at Maryland Hall, Zhirui Zou, BTM principal ballerina and former ballerina with the National Ballet of China, will dance the role of Cinderella. After opening night, she heads to Helsinki, Finland, to participate in an international dance competition.

On Sunday at Maryland Hall and on April 28 and 29 at Chesapeake Center, Ninel Cherevko, BTM soloist and former principal dancer with Moscow City Ballet, will dance the role of Cinderella.

BTM's new principal dancer and Bolshoi Ballet alumnus Sergei Vladimirov, who made a spectacular debut at BTM's spring concert, will dance the role of the prince for all performances.

Stewart has selected two brilliant choreographers to play Cinderella's stepsisters.

Early in the season he confided that he had settled on the role he'd play in the Cinderella ballet - a stepsister. He recruited Anton Wilson, choreographer of the recently acclaimed "Marbles Slide," to assume the other stepsister role.

Stepmother's role

Carol Treiber, executive director of the Cultural Arts Foundation, will dance the role of Cinderella's stepmother.

Tireless in her dedication to the arts, Treiber will put aside her logistics and development duties long enough to display her dance skills.

"I never dreamed in my lifetime that I would be asked to be on stage with such a marvelous group of professional dancers," Treiber said.

"I certainly have a great appreciation for the hours that it takes in making this a wonderful production. Playing the part of the stepmother in `Cinderella' is a fun experience, especially under the direction of Eddie Stewart. Wait till you see me trying on the slipper."

Stewart acknowledges having unforeseen problems of his own: "Playing the stepsister is a fun role, but it is difficult to give corrections when you're in a dress and a wig."

This "Cinderella" is not just for children. It appeals to serious devotees of the dance and members of the arts community. Treiber and her stage daughters should prove a hot ticket.

New costumes have been created by Juliet Shore.

Times, prices

Saturday's performance at Maryland Hall will be at 8 p.m. and Sunday's at 3 p.m.

Maryland Hall performances are priced at $24 for adults and $12 for children and students.

Performances at Chesapeake Center will be 7 p.m. April 28 and 3 p.m. April 29. Tickets will be priced at $24 for CCCA members, $26 for nonmembers and $12 for children and students.

For Maryland Hall tickets, call 410-263-2909. For Chesapeake Center tickets, call at 410-636-6597.

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