December 16, 2004
Fell's Point Corner Theatre is trying something different for the holidays - a British-style pantomime. "Pantos," as they are called, have nothing to do with mimes (although this one does include some actors in whiteface). Instead, these shows are slapstick comedies based on fairy tales and generally feature a couple of characters played in drag. Cinderella, the panto at Fell's Point Corner, actually originated in California. Written in 1999 by Kate Hawley, with music by Gregg Coffin, it includes topical references - some clearly updated here - ranging from Game Boys to Paris Hilton.
November 18, 2004
Opera fans have enjoyed a remarkable feast of fresh experiences so far this season served up by the Baltimore Opera Company and Washington National Opera, both presenting an appetizing assortment of works never before staged in this region. Now comes dessert, courtesy of Peabody Opera Theatre, which offers a rare staging of Massenet's Cendrillon. This endearing take on the Cinderella story had a glittering premiere in Paris in 1899 but never worked its way into the standard repertoire.
July 24, 2004
Think of Helen Harkness as the fairy godmother of career reincarnations. She doesn't sprinkle magic dust or wave a wand. But the 76-year-old takes clients looking for a career change on journeys of the soul to find out what will feed their passions. Discover that, she said, and enjoy true success. "Many executives have gotten to the top by leaving parts of themselves behind," said Harkness, principal and president of Career Design Associates Inc. "There's a need for growth that they're not getting from the corporate world."
May 29, 2003
The Howard County Ballet enthralled and awed children of all ages last spring with a production of Peter Pan, complete with flying special effects. This weekend, Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School will provide the backdrop for the company's full-length ballet version of Cinderella, the most enchanting fairy tale of them all. "It's the ultimate rags to riches story," says Kathi Ferguson, the ensemble's founding director, who recently received this...
November 15, 2002
A COMEDIC adaptation of Cinderella hits the stage this weekend at Northeast High School Eagles Auditorium as the Dionysus Drama Club presents its fall production of Billy St. John's Cindy Ella's Going to the Ball, Baby! Curtain times are at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow with a matinee at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is $5. In this fractured fairy tale, poor Cindy wants to go to her senior prom at Castle Hill High and dance with the irresistible Joe, the object of Cindy's unrequited love. Our heroine's wicked stepmother and stepsisters do everything possible to discourage the teen-ager's attempts until a fairy godmother with an attitude and her crew of miracle workers show up to save the day. At the prom, Cindy finds love, not with Joe the cutie, but his best friend, Buddy.
August 5, 2001
NEW YORK -- The fairy godmother could belt 'em out. Voice, delivery, pitch, diction -- the sweet-faced soprano with the magic wand had the elusive "it," all right. Not that other troupers in the 1989 Idle Hour Elementary School production of Cinderella Revisited -- preserved on videotape -- were short on pre-adolescent oomph. But the Oakdale, N.Y., sixth-grader who crooned "Somewhere Out There" from the movie An American Tale, "Maybe" from Annie and "One Hand, One Heart" from West Side Story sounded as if she'd been singing cabaret since the crib.