100 dancers a-leaping in ‘Cinderella at the Christmas Ball’ ballet performance

Prince Charming and Cinderella conclude the Grand Waltz.

Prince Charming and Cinderella conclude the Grand Waltz. Photo by Greg Lehman.

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WALLA WALLA — It’s Christmas. The twinkling season of joy, gifts, song and cheer.

Plus leaping, and not just in “The 12 Days of Christmas” with its 10 lords-a-leaping.

This year, there will more than 100 dancers leaping and more in “Cinderella at the Christmas Ball,” under the direction of Idalee Hutson-Fish, founder of The Dance Center.

The production will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus. Tickets are $15 reserved seating, $12 adults, $10 students and senior citizens.

This is a brand new show, Hutson-Fish noted.

Without a professional “Nutcracker” production on a local stage for the first year in several, that presented an opportunity to do a homegrown Christmas show again.

Obviously, the season needed to be matched in theme, and she’s wanted to do Cinderella for a long time, she said.

So Hutson-Fish included the Christmas Fairy, who brings decorations on the tree alive.

No pumpkin for a coach this time — Cinderella rides to the Christmas Ball in a globe-style carriage, magically changed from a glass ornament.

The reindeer go from being tiny and on the tree to living and able to pull the coach with its bedazzled passenger.

The story line stays true to original with mean stepsisters and their cruel mother, of course, as well as a handsome prince.

It veers seasonal when the Christmas fairy send angels to bring a grieving Cinderella a box containing the special shoes that once belonged to her deceased mother.

But when a beggar woman arrives shoeless at the house, Cinderella gives her the special shoes to put on her feet.

And lo, the woman turns out to be Cinderella’s Christmas Fairy, ready to send her off to the party the prince is hosting to find a bride.

As tradition dictates, there’s the frantic rush at the stroke of midnight, a besotted prince looking for his mystery guest, the shoe left behind that fits just one beautiful foot and the lovely comeuppance of the step-people.

And, yes, there’s the “happily ever after,” too.

The show will feature Hutson-Fish’s students Summer Wardlaw as Cinderella and Caleb Leitch as the Prince.

Christal Hall dances the stepmother part, while Lisi Dobson and Romey Drabek play her unpleasant offspring.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or Earthlight Books, 321 E. Main St.

For more information call The Dance Center at 525-0815.

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