Two from Antioch featured in Nashville Ballet’s Cinderella

Two young dancers from Antioch have been selected to perform in Nashville Ballet’s Cinderella September 16-18, 2016, at TPAC’s Polk Theater.

Nashville Ballet’s Cinderella will feature the following young dancers from Antioch:

  • Selah Smith, child of Melanie and Donte, as a Fairy Godmother Attendant
  • Seraphim Smith, child of Melanie and Donte, as Young Cinderella

    Selah Smith and Seraphim Smith, both of Antioch, will appear in Nashville Ballet's performance of Cinderella.

    Selah Smith and Seraphim Smith, both of Antioch, will appear in Nashville Ballet’s performance of Cinderella.

A total of 47 School of Nashville Ballet students age 5 to 7 years old will join Nashville Ballet company dancers and the Nashville Symphony in this fairy tale favorite.

Members of the Cinderella youth cast come from five counties in Middle Tennessee—Cheatham, Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson.

First presented in 2011, Nashville Ballet’s Cinderella takes a modern approach to the classic tale. The story sparkles to life with a leading lady who’s not afraid to take fate into her own hands, two stepsisters hilariously played by men and a bevy of adorable youngsters as bumble bees, snow angels and other whimsical characters.

“The last time around, the Cinderella youth cast stole the show,” Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO, said. “You just can’t beat the innocence and charm of a child, and the youth cast adds a level of genuine enchantment to the production that you can’t capture any other way.”

In contrast to the version of Cinderella most popular in American culture, which features a passive female character that’s a victim of her circumstance, Vasterling’s showcases a more assertive lead.

“In the original stories, Cinderella is actually more in control of her own fate than the character we’re used to,” Vasterling said. “I’m more interested in telling this story with a strong, empowered heroine. Not only is it a fresh take for audiences, but it’s special for our youth cast to be a part of one of their favorite stories with a modern upgrade.”

In another twist, Vasterling’s choreography showcases men in the roles of the evil stepsisters in pointe shoes. The large-scale production is capped off by Sergei Prokofiev’s classic score performed live by the Nashville Symphony, 18th century period costumes, impressionist sets and even an on-stage carriage.

Cinderella is presented by Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund , Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance and Nfocus. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at www.nashvilleballet.com. A complete performance schedule and more information can be found online.

About Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 75,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional private support provided by Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Caterpillar Financial, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, The HCA Foundation, Ingram Charitable Fund, Inc., The Mall at Green Hills, The Memorial Foundation, New York Choreographic Institute, Publix Super Market Charities, The Shubert Foundation, SunTrust Bank, other community partners and hundreds of generous individuals who provide ongoing annual support.