Cinderella's sweetness enthralls the Prince and delighted the overflow audience at Clowes while appropriately "appalling the guests at the ball" with precision slapstick comedy in a glittering and fun-filled rendition of the familiar story set on Sergei Prokofiev's sweeping music. This Butler production has nuances different from others, and even varies from its own last seen five years ago. The spare setting becomes magical; lighting, costumes and orchestra become wondrous partners for lovely corps pictures, precise miming and character-defining choreography by members of the dance faculty whose varying styles are seamlessly integrated by artistic director Michelle Jarvis. One can, however, wonder about some choices, such as the Stepmother not reacting to the picture of Cinderella's mother and the almost absent role of the Father. Especially lovely was Tong Wang's comedic and artful concept for the opening of Act 3 -- the whirlwind tour of Spain, Morocco and Arabia in search of the rightful owner of "the slipper." The especially fluid dancing punctuated the concept that a slipper so finely made must come from an exotic place. Everyone earned applause. The leads included Jennifer LaWall as Cinderella, Stirling Matheson as the Prince, Michael Galloway as Skinny, Thomas Lewey as Dumpy, Kimberly Page as Stepmother, Andrea Lucas as Fairy Godmother, EveMarie Bessenbach as Cat, who skillfully makes the match for the happily ever after ending to send us home hopeful for our own good fortunes.

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Rita Kohn has been covering craft beer and the arts for NUVO for two decades. She’s the author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana.

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