This brand-new adaptation of Cinderella on the main Birmingham Hippodrome stage will celebrate the breadth of talent in dance schools across the West Midlands and beyond, and the region's passion for dance.
Over 150 hopefuls from the age of eight took part in open auditions in September 2016 under the watchful eye of former BRB dancers Rachel Hester and Jenny Murphy. A final cast of 65 was selected, securing the chance to experience the intensive training, rehearsal and eventually performance of a classical ballet.
The action in this enchanting retelling of the classic tale will take place against the background of John Macfarlane's exquisite sets for Birmingham Royal Ballet's production of Cinderella. Ballet students young and old take on the leading roles, and are joined by two of Birmingham Royal Ballet's inspirational dancers who perform the main ballroom pas de deux as part of a dream sequence.
The role of Cinderella will be danced by 12 year old Pamela Hawkins who began dancing at the age of 4 with the Sharon Greene Dance Academy in Bodicote, Oxfordshire.
Pamela will dance the iconic kitchen scenes, suffering the unwanted attentions of the ugly sisters before BRB First Artist Karla Doorbar takes on the role following the transformation of Cinderella into beautiful and mysterious ball guest at the Palace Ball. The iconic ballroom pas de deux will be danced by Doorbar with BRB First Artist Lachlan Monaghan, as the Prince, and following a further appearance from Hawkins, the pair will reunite to dance the final pas de deux.
Bringing about Cinders magical transformation is Ilona Johnson –Gibbs who, at 76, fulfils a lifelong ambition to become a ballet dancer as The Fairy Godmother. Having returned to the art-form 3 years ago after a fall at work she rediscovered the health and fitness benefits of pulling on ballet shoes again after an absence of 60 years. In a life filled with many years as a model for titles such as Vogue, a further career as a fine art dealer and motherhood, Ilona will make her grand ballet debut 72 years after first falling in love with dancing.
Be inspired by these talented young dancers - join us for this unique evening of sparkling entertainment.
The performance of Cinderella Dreams is supported by Birmingham Hippodrome
Check out this special behind the scenes interview with Alicia Bennett who plays one of the step-sisters!