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University of Wyoming to Present Cinderella Ballet in Four States

January 3, 2013 — The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance will present the ballet “From the Ashes: A Cinderella Ballet” this month in Gillette and Torrington; Rapid City, S.D.; Scottsbluff, Neb.; and Fort Morgan, Colo.

Presented by UW Fine Arts Outreach, all performances are free and open to the public. Performances begin at 7 p.m. in Gillette, Rapid City, Torrington and Fort Morgan, and 7:30 p.m. in Scottsbluff. 

“This Cinderella is defiant and independent,” says choreographer and director Jennifer Deckert, UW professor of dance. “I wanted to redefine what a confident young woman is. She does not need to be demure or restricted to a certain mode of being.”

The ballet follows a young woman who discerns her true desires in life against a backdrop of societal expectations. Cinderella struggles against her jealous stepmother, spiteful stepsisters and idealized notions of love.

Performances will feature UW students that hail from the tour locations, including Lindsey Carter of Gillette; Brianna Boyle of Rapid City; Darci Deaver, Samantha Kraft and Niki Kraft of Scottsbluff; and Taylor Kath of Torrington.

The schedule:

Jan. 16, Gillette -- Campbell County High School, North Campus Auditorium; partner: Sheridan College.

Jan. 17, Rapid City -- Performing Arts Center.

Jan. 18, Scottsbluff -- Midwest Theater; partner: Midwest Theater, Billy Estes, general manager.

Jan. 19, Torrington -- Eastern Wyoming College Auditorium; partner: 28th Avenue Dance and KGOS/KERM.

Jan. 20, Fort Morgan -- Glenn Miller Auditorium, Fort Morgan High School; partner: Morgan Community College Center for Arts and Community Enrichment.

For more information on tour stops, call Janelle Fletcher-Kilmer, UW director of Fine Arts Outreach, at (307) 766-5139.

Dancers rehearse a scene from the UW production of “From the Ashes: A Cinderella Ballet.” In front is Brianna Boyle, with Dan Higgins and Julia Cooper. (UW Photo)

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