The Beth Fowler Dance Company is celebrating its 25th anniversary with special performances of “Cinderella.”
Performances will be at 7 p.m. March 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. March 16 and 17 at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb.
After each show, the community is invited to join current and alumni dancers at celebratory receptions in the theater lobby, complete with photo displays featuring company members and performances. The company looks forward to reuniting with their entire BFDC extended family.
The ballet tells the age-old story of the mistreated stepdaughter and housemaid, who becomes a princess, thanks to the magical intervention of her Fairy Godmother.
The production features a classical score by Sergei Prokofiev, and stunning costumes and scenery, including a magnificent pumpkin carriage.
“This is a wonderful production, and one of my personal favorites,” Beth Fowler, artistic director and owner of the dance school, said in a news release. “It’s a story that is easy to follow. Everyone knows it.”
Becky Baert of Genoa will portray Cinderalla. She said it's a longtime dream that has come true.
“I’ve dreamed of dancing this role ever since I danced as a little mouse on stage with Cinderella 10 years ago,” she said in the news release. “And now to get to do it, is so special.”
Baert, 17, has danced with BFSD since she was 4 years old. She has portrayed Clara in “The Nutcracker” and Ariel, the Little Mermaid in “The Storybook Ballet.”
But she says the role of Cinderella will be her most challenging yet.
The show will be filled with humor, thanks to the on-stage performances of Cinderella’s stepsisters played by Abby Lewis of St. Charles and Tallory Wendell of Belvidere.
“It’s seriously funny,” Fowler said in the release.
Jacob Bliujus of Sycamore will dance the role of Prince Charming.
In his third year with the company, Bliujus, 15, said he is thrilled to take on the challenging role. In prior productions, the role has been danced by professional dancers, including a soloist who had danced with the Cleveland Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.
“I’m so looking forward to this,” Bliujus said in the release. “It’s a big step for me, as a dancer and a performer, and I’m super excited to take this on."
Other featured Company dancers include Kaitlynn Rollo of South Elgin as Cinderella’s stepmother; Jennifer Flatland of Hampshire as the Fairy Godmother; Taryn Sarto of Genoa as the Spring Fairy; Emily Fox of West Chicago as the Summer Fairy; Olivia Brown of West Chicago as the Autumn Fairy; and Hannah Fugiel of Elgin as the Winter Fairy. Brooke Baurer of Geneva will dance as the Court Jester. Mia Herman and Anne Fritsch, both of St. Charles, will dance as the Midnight Fairy, and Clara Coran of DeKalb and Brooke Bend of St. Charles will each portray the Gift Bearer Fairy.
Other members of the large cast include company dancers in various roles and students from the Beth Fowler School of Dance in children’s roles.
Tickets cost $21 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12. Children age 3 and younger get in free. All tickets are reserved seating. Every child’s ticket includes an invitation to meet Cinderella onstage after the show, where photos may be taken in the pumpkin coach.
Tickets are available online at www.BethFowlerDanceCompany.com, by phone through the Egyptian Theatre box office at 815-758-1225 or at the door one hour before performances.