Ballet NJ, Theatre Company of New Jersey will present an all-new, full-length production of “Cinderella” at the Voorhees Schools Theatre, 100 Holly Oak Drive, on April 23, 24 and 30 and May 1 at 2:30 p.m.
The performances will star Evelyn Kocak, soloist dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet, and Alexandra Hughes, corps de ballet member of the Pennsylvania Ballet as “Cinderella.” This production will also star Ian Hussey, Principal Dancer of the Pennsylvania Ballet as the “Prince.” Max Baud, star of the National Touring Company of “Billy Elliot,” will appear as the “Dancing Master” along with Independent Guest Artist, Andre Vytoptov. Additional guest artist will be Jack Sprance and Aaron Anker of the Pennsylvania Ballet.
Students from the Academy of Ballet NJ, as well as local residents from the South Jersey area auditioned to become a part of this magnificent ballet. Local Voorhees residents included in the production include: Gabriella Byrnes, Challey Byrnes and Jianna Tamata.
The entire production is under the artistic director/resident choreographer, David Gallagher. Gallagher is also the founder of the Academy of Ballet, the official school of Ballet NJ.
At the performances on April 23 and April 30, Ballet NJ will offer a Girl Scout package. “Girl Scout Days” are open to all Girl Scouts and their family members. The Girl Scout package includes a backstage tour, an opportunity to watch the dancers prepare for the performance, a patch, a private autograph session and photo opportunity with “Cinderella” following the performance.
Ballet NJ also is offering another exclusive opportunity for the public to be part of the magic of “Cinderella”. On Friday, April 8 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Tavistock Country Club, all are invited to attend “The Cinderella Ball.” This event will feature dancing, prizes and an appearance by featured characters from the production.
All individual show tickets range from $22 to $18; the Girl Scout package is $20 per person; and “The Cinderella Ball” tickets are $50 per person, which can be purchased by going online at www.balletnj.org or by calling (865) 768–9503. Tickets will go fast for what will be the highlight of the spring dance season in South Jersey. Parking is free and Voorhees Schools Theatre is wheel chair accessible.