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Memory Book - Program 3: Cinderella (May 4 – 6, 2012)

Playbill   Music from the show

Choreography: Ben Stevenson
Music: Sergei Prokoviev

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Act I; The morning of the Palace Ball. Cinderella's Stepmother (Beth Ann Namey) greets Dressmaker (Kaleena Opdyke) who is preparing the Stepsister's gowns for the evening's festivities.
Photo by Chris Hardy.
Alexsandra Meijer as Cinderella dances with her broom.
Photo by Robert Shomler.
Cinderella imagines attending the Ball.
Photo by Robert Shomler.
Stepmother Beth Ann Namey and Stepsisters Maximo Califano and Ramon Moreno.
Photo by Robert Shomler.
Jing Zhang as the Fairy Godmother.
Photo by Robert Shomler.
Amy Marie Briones as Autumn; Shannon Bynum as Winter, Junna Ige as Spring, and Cynthia Sheppard as Summer.
Photo by Chris Hardy.
Cinderella departs for The Ball in her magic carriage.
Photo by Chris Hardy.
Cinderella arrives at The Ball.
Photo by Robert Shomler.
Akira Takahashi as the Jester entertains.
Photo by Robert Shomler.
The guests dance a waltz.
Photo by Robert Shomler.
The Stepsisters (Maximo Califano and Ramon Moreno) show off their prized oranges.
Photo by Robert Shomler.
Sasha Radetsky as Prince Charming.
Photo by Robert Shomler.
Prince Charming and Cinderella in a Pas de Deux.
Photo by Robert Shomler.
The clock strikes midnight.
Photo by Chris Hardy.
The Stepsisters try on the glass slipper.
Photo by Robert Shomler.
It almost fits!
Photo by Robert Shomler.
Act III: The Royal Wedding
Photo by Chris Hardy.

"…credit has to go to Alexsandra Meijer, about as perfect a Cinderella as you are likely to see. This long-time company member gave a glorious, fully integrated and nuanced performance." "Throughout, Meijer danced expansively and generously. She soared in her Prince's arms, whipped through dizzying turns and delicately beat her feet in fluttering-heart moments."

"Maximo Califano and Ramon Moreno periodically brought down the house as the stepsisters in drag."

"The variations for the Seasons were choreographically modest but received fine interpretations, particularly from Amy Marie Briones as the Autumn and Shannon Bynum as the Fairy of Winter. Another scene-stealer came from Akira Takahashi's high-flying Jester. His splits in the air seemed to get higher and longer as the evening progressed."
Rita Felciano, San Jose Mercury News
"The acting parts are so rich in Stevenson's version of Cinderella and the company rose to the occasion with full physical and gestural immersion into each and every role."
Heather Desaulniers, Ballet-Dance Magazine


"…an exquisite production." "Prima Ballerina Alexsandra Meijer makes a superb Cinderella, charming the audience with her grace and beauty while rounding out her character in a nuanced acting performance."
Paul Myrvold, Out and About


"The ballet really belongs to Cinderella, danced with appealing sweetness on opening night by Alexsandra Meijer. Meijer tempers all that innocence with flashes of sly humor that emerge occasionally when she mimics the ugly stepsisters' dancing or delivers a well-deserve smack with a broomstick to the behinds of her tormentors."

"Jing Zhang was suitably generous as the Fairy Godmother, leading a sprightly entourage that included notable performances from a languorous Cynthia Sheppard as Summer and vibrant Amy Marie Briones as Autumn."

"Akira Takahashi as the genial jester soared through impressive split jumps interspersed with well-calculated japes and jibes, while Sascha Radetsky, the handsome American Ballet Theatre soloist, made a welcome guest appearance as Prince Charming."
Mary Ellen Hunt, San Francisco Chronicle


The corps couples all moved with a floating quality: turning lifts; and trios off-set by low movements on one side and high relevés on the other. Act II also ushered in the first appearance of guest artist Sascha Radetsky as Prince Charming. Radetsky doesn't just play this part, he really is Prince Charming, easily displaying the required regal demeanor and technical virtuosity. The first pas de deux between Radetsky and Meijer expressed elated joy and utter bliss and it was wonderful to see that the choreographic highlight of Radetsky's solo variation was not a grand jump, but rather his perfectly sharp batterie.
Heather Desaulniers, Ballet-Dance Magazine


Ballet San Jose's production of Cinderella held May 5 was a huge success, as were the special events held prior to the ballet where children, families and community members from all over the Bay Area gathered for what will surely be a memorable event for years to come. The events included a reading from the original Charles Perrault version of the Cinderella story; a pre-show talk with Prince Charming, Wes Chapman, from the 1977 production at American Ballet Theatre; arts and crafts for the children with the decorating of Pointe shoes and crowns to keep in theme with the ballet of Cinderella; and live music and dance lessons where children learned dance steps from some of Ballet San Jose's ballet school Professional Divisional children.
P.K. Costa, Examiner.com

Cinderella Educational Matinee
Photos by Robert Shomler.
Cinderella Storytime Reading the postcard
The Arts & Crafts area was extremely popular. Girls got pointe shoes to decorate and boys decorated crowns. Brother & sister decorating shoes
Proud child writes her name Prince Quinn
Dance class was a popular event.
Watching dance class Cinderella dance walk