What: Cinderella – La Cenerentola, in Italian with surtitles
When: Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 7, 8 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 2, 9 at 2 p.m.
Where: Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University
Tickets: $25 adults; $15 seniors/students
In advance through the Grand Theatre at 519-672-8800 or www.tickets.grandtheatre.com
Delightful rom-com proves good girls can get the prince
La Cenerentala – a rolicking frolicking fairytale that comes alive with an Italian twist. One of the best-known classics – Cinderella – meets the charming music of Italian opera master Rossini in a production by Western University’s Opera Workshop, it runs Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 2, and 7-9.
“It’s an hysterical, fantastic comedy in a period setting,” said director Theodore Baerg. “It’s a perfect winter escape.”
The plot is less Disney magic and more reality television.
Following the disguises and ruses is more fun than keeping up with the Kardashians. Arguing stepsisters are obsessed with fashion and bling – until they hear the prince is seeking a bride. Then they elbow for the gold ring and the attention of Dandini, whom they think is the prince, but is actually his valet. The prince’s tutor Alidoro, disguised as a beggar, infiltrates the father, Don Magnifico’s household. Don Ramiro, the real prince, swaps clothes with a servant to spy on the sisters as prospective brides.
He and Angelina, called Cenerentola because she sweeps the ashes, fall for each other on sight.
When the fake prince offers the pretend servant as a consolation spouse to the sister who isn’t chosen, the sisters and father are outraged.
But wait! There’s more – confusion. Who is that mystery lady? Father and daughters are thrown off by the appearance of a stranger at the ball – a woman who oddly resembles their stepsister, whom they treat as a maid.
In the end, goodness triumphs and Cinderella’s days tending the fire are finished.
The music is one of Rossini’s best scores. Written when he was 25, fresh from the success of The Barber of Seville, it took Rossini only three weeks to complete.
Vocal fireworks and bubbly orchestration bring the story alive. The energy of young singers and instrumentalists make this production a must-see.
Theodore Baerg at 519-661-2111, ext. 85388 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Janis Wallace, media relations at 519-661-3767 or email@example.com