Composer Sergei Prokofiev based “Cinderella” on the Russian version of the fairy tale, where the title character is tormented by her stepsisters and her stepmother and is living a life of drudgery. The family receives an invitation to the Prince’s ball one day, with Cinderella excluded. Her fairy godmother appears, however, and prepares her for the ball with the help of the season fairies, who give her magical gifts of shoes, a cloak, coat and tiara. Cinderella is sent to the ball, where she meets the Prince and falls in love.
Kristi Sharrer-Holland, president of Maryland Regional Ballet, said the organization’s first production of “Cinderella” in Frederick was in 1993, and the show rotates every three years, along with “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty.”
“The score is absolutely magnificent and haunting,” she said of why the show is so special. “It conjures up the true sadness that Cinderella must have felt at her station in life.”