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Methuen Ballet Ensemble Presents Cinderella

April 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

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The Methuen Ballet Ensemble returns to the Firehouse stage to present its rendition of Cinderella.  The ballet follows the story of Cinderella, a young maiden, forced by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters to live as a servant in her own home. When the prince announces that there will be a grand ball at the castle, Cinderella begs her stepmother that she be allowed to attend but her stepmother refuses.  Cinderella’s dreams of attending the ball are interrupted when an old beggar woman arrives at their door. Her stepmother cruelly sends her away, but Cinderella, shows her kindness and offers her food.
Soon after her family leaves for the ball, the beggar woman returns and reveals herself as Cinderella’s godmother. As a reward for her kindness, she calls upon the Fairies of the Four Seasons, to bestow gifts to Cinderella. With the help of her godmother, she prepares for the ball but is warned that she must leave the ball before midnight, as the magic will not last! Will Cinderella finally meet her prince and live happily ever after? Or will the stepsisters’ efforts to woo the prince prevail?
The production features Cinderella’s magical pumpkin coach, glass slippers, mice that transform into horses, a glowing fireplace, gorgeous costumes, and colorful sets. This production is truly one for all ages!
The Methuen Ballet Ensemble is an established local ballet company under the artistic direction of Vanessa Rae Voter. Principal roles are performed by members of Methuen Ballet Ensemble, whose experience totals over 150 years of classical ballet training under Ms. Voter’s tutelage. All student and children roles are performed by students of Voter’s School of Dance in Salem, NH.

Tickets $25

History of the Methuen Ballet Ensemble:


Vanessa Rae Voter founded Methuen Ballet Ensemble in 1989 as a platform for promising students to showcase their talents, performing both classical and modern ballets for the public. Her inspiration came from her years as a dancer with Boston Ballet. During the audition process for The Nutcracker, those children not cast in roles touched her, by their disappointment and tears. She vowed that someday she would have a company of her own, where every child who auditioned would be guaranteed a part. She realized her dream and has been successfully staging The Nutcracker for over 20 years, never having rejected an auditioning dancer.

About Vanessa Rae Voter:

Vanessa Rae Voter is Artistic Director and Choreographer for Methuen Ballet Ensemble, a semi-professional ballet company. She is also Director of the Classical Ballet program at Voter’s School of Dance, founded by her mother, Pam Voter, in 1951.

Ms. Voter attended The Boston Conservatory. In addition to dancing with Boston Ballet, she also performed with Ballet Dance Theatre of Boston. Her extensive training includes instruction from Marina Svetlova, Madame Sulamith Messerer (former Prima Ballerina and teacher with the Bolshoi Ballet), E. Virginia Williams, Violette Verdy, Robert Pierce, and David Howard. She has been a guest teacher for Dance Teachers Club of Boston and Dance Teachers Club of Brockton, as well as serving on judge’s panels in both Boston and Brockton. She is a member of Dance Teachers Club of Boston and National Council of America and a member of Dance Masters of America.

In addition to teaching classical ballet on a full-time basis, Ms. Voter has also choreographed all ballets performed by Methuen Ballet Ensemble. Included in her portfolio are: Swan Lake, Peter and the Wolf, Peter Pan, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, The Fisherman & The Maiden, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppellia, The Magic Flute, Petrushka, La Petite Fantastique, and The Nutcracker.

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April 19, 2020
3:00 pm
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