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A magical tale is spun
By Joni Scanlon
Classic: West Australian Ballet is
bringing its production of
Cinderella to the Canberra
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The West Australian Ballet is
bringing the classic fairytale of
Cinderella to the Canberra
From November 15 to 19, the
enchanting new ballet production
will spin a tale of magic and delight
Cinderella is West Australian Bal-
let leading artist Jayne Smeulders'
first full-length choreography for the
company. She has partnered with
costume designer Allan Lees to
create a beautifully reimagined set
for this family ballet classic perfor-
med to Sergei Prokofiev's evocative
Andrea Parkyn is thrilled to be
playing the lead role in the new
production. "I am one of several
Cinderellas," she said. "There are
three of us who share the role over
The West Australian Ballet is cur-
rently touring Cinderella through
regional Western Australia, before
bringing it to Canberra.
"Canberra is our only eastern
stop," Parkyn said.
"We're happy to get a chance to
travel and show our skills."
Parkyn said the hard work by the
director, the performers and the
crew had paid off -- Cinderella has
proved to be wildly popular in
"The result has been amazing -- it
has been a sell out here," she said.
"Everyone can follow the story
and I think that you know there's
going to be a bit of glamour ... and
a bit of magic."
Parkyn said the production was
very true to the popular fairytale.
Cinderella's mother dies and her
father remarries a wicked woman
with two wicked daughters. Parkyn
said Smeulders had only changed
a few elements of the tale, includ-
ing making the loss of Cinderella's
mother an important part of the
"Jane Smeulders brings that in
really beautifully," Parkyn said. "The
fairy godmother is the ghost of her
own mother who is helping her.
"I find that aspect, that little
change really moving and poign-
Unlike most common portrayals
of Cinderella, in the West Australian
Ballet's production, the stepsisters
are not ugly. "The ugly stepsisters
are not ugly -- they're two gorgeous
wicked women," Parkyn said.
As the lead character, Parkyn
said performing could take its toll.
"It's quite exhausting because
Cinderella doesn't really leave the
stage very often," she said.
"When you do it's for a quick
change into a ball gown and
Parkyn said the classic tale of
Cinderella would appeal to
audiences of all ages.
"I think there's a reason why these
stories endure over the centuries,"
"I think there's something about
these tales that people take some-
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