2018-04-13 / Arts & Entertainment


Columbia Music Festival Association presents Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet
Contributed by Carolina Ballet

Dancers Marian Morgan, Sullivan Hiter, and Katie Carroll Dancers Marian Morgan, Sullivan Hiter, and Katie Carroll Columbia Music Festival Association will present Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet in the most enchanting of all Fairy Tale Ballets Cinderella April 20, 21, and 22 at The Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor Street.

This spectacular and opulent production is the award winning masterpiece of the company founder, Ann Brodie. It has been carefully restaged in all its splendor by artistic director Mimi Worrell together with the company’s full artistic staff.

Based on the traditional fairy tale by Charles Perrault, the Cinderella story has become an international favorite. This production uses the soaring music of Sergei Prokofiev.

Cinderella will be danced by Marian Morgan with Katherine Brady as her Fairy Godmother and Camila Herrera as Prince Charming. Morgan, who danced the role in 2013 for the ballet’s 25th anniversary season, is recreating it for this 30th anniversary season. She trained extensively at the Center for Dance Education (Columbia) and with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, The Joffrey Ballet, The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, School of American Ballet, and was a member of the Richmond Ballet. She is currently a member of the Columbia City Ballet.

Herrera has recently been promoted to principal with the Columbia City Ballet. He has performed and taught extensively throughout both South America and the United States.

Katherine Brady, a member of the ballet ensemble, has studied with the Center for Dance Education LINES, Richmond Ballet, and the Charlotte Ballet. She will be making her next step in her journey toward her professional career following this season.

In the comedic First Act, the role of the dancing Master will be danced by character actor, Jimmy Moon with Victoria Angle dancing the role of Clorinda, the Vain Stepsister and Sarah Butler as her equally as vain, but even more Forward Stepsister, Tisbe. The Wicked Stepmother, Countessa Cunigunda, will be danced by Nora Castell.

Cinderella’s kindness to the old beggar woman, much to the dismay of her stepsisters, begins to weave the magic spell, as the beggar is the Fairy Godmother in disguise. Deannie Worrell will recreate the role she performed in 2013 as the beggar.

The Spring Fairy will be danced by Emiliana Mullaney. The Autumn Fairy by Hollis Baroody, the Winter Fairy by Sakura Oka, and the Summer Fairy by Audrey Boyette with Mariclaire Livingston as L’amour, Cupid, the Sprite of Love.

Corey Mangum returns to the Carolina Ballet from Akjun Ballet Theatre, as a cavalier. Nicolas White a regular performer with Carolina Ballet who continued his career with North Carolina Dance Theatre will also be performing as a guest artist. Also dancing as guest artists in this production are Colin Jacob, Caleb Roberts, Maurice Johnson, and Martin Hunter.

The Jester at the Court will be danced by Leonardo Victorino as the Jester of the Oranges together with Mariclaire Livingston, Elliana Berry, and Sofia Badalamenti dancing the divertissement favorite, “Love for Three Oranges” as an entertainment at the ball.

The sets for the production are from the Robert Stivanello Studios with costumes designed by John Whitehead.

Dancers from the Columbia City Ballet, which was also founded by Ann Brodie, appear courtesy of the company and its artistic director, William Starrett.

Ticket prices vary for each performance as part of the company’s outreach to make the arts affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. Tickets for the Friday morning show at 10 a.m. are $10.50. The Friday evening performance is at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday performance is an afternoon matinee at 3 p.m. There are also special discounts for groups of ten or more. For group rates and group reservations, contact the ballet office at 803-771-6303.

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