Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story

Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story

Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story





“You can’t beat this whiz-bang contemporary ballet for sass or class.”
- Holly Harris | Uptown Magazine, 2011

Ballet meets Broadway in this inventive reinterpretation of the fairy tale favourite. Inspired by the 1957 television musical, Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story fuses classical ballet with jazz and tap to themes from Richard Rodgers’ songbook, arranged for a live jazz orchestra by Winnipeg’s own renowned bandleader Ron Paley. A delightfully retro 1950’s setting and high fashion costumes create the perfect backdrop for the season’s final mainstage performance.

Nancy eagerly awaits her father’s return only to find that he is not alone, but rather accompanied by his new wife, two daughters, and a cat. The plot soon thickens when tragedy strikes and the stepmother and sisters begin to take over the home. This tale is filled with evil schemes, romantic enchantments, sadness, deception, hope, and determination as Nancy continues to fight for her chance at true love. Her godmother and a magical garden filled with enchanted creatures dazzle with costumes in colours and patterns galore.

We hope you all will join us and wrap up an incredible season with one of our most delightful ballets of all time!

Please note: The RWB continues to follow all public health orders and strongly recommends all patrons get vaccinated and continue wearing a mask. For this performance, the RWB will not be selling to full capacity, and is implementing spaced seating.

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Performance Trailer

Production Gallery

Featured Creative Team


    Val Caniparoli

    Lighting and Sound Design

    Alexander V. Nichols

    Music Arrangements & Orchestrations

    Ron Paley

    Assistant to the Scenic Designer

    ​Tom Richardson

    Scenic and Costume Design

    Sandra Woodall


    Sheryl Flatow & Val Caniparoli



Scene I: The Family Estate

The servants busy themselves, happily preparing for the return of Nancy’s father from his most recent trip. No one is more excited than Nancy. But a chill descends when she sees that her father is not alone: he is accompanied by a new wife, her two daughters and her ever present cat. The new family uneasily gets acquainted

Nancy discovers that her father m,must leave again on business, and they bid each other a bittersweet goodbye. The servants, having been inhumanely overworked by the stepmother, are so frazzled that they quit. Nancy is left with the responsibility of cleaning the house. Her stepsisters are enjoying the television, now in their control, when the program they are watching is interrupted with tragic news.

Scene II: The Family Estate- A Few Days Later

The step-family devises a plan to poison the dog, who outsmarts them and escapes. Nancy searches for him, to no avail. Her search is interrupted when the doorbell rings and a messenger appears with invitations to the big winter dance.

Scene III: The Dance Studio

The step-family heads off to a dance class, to brush up on their skills before the big event. The stepmother forbids Nancy from attending, but she defiantly follows them. The class is in progress when a handsome young man named Bob appears in the doorway. Every woman in the room is spellbound. All the women vie for his attention, none more so than Nancy.

Scene IV: The Family Estate

The stepmother and stepsisters primp and prepare for the big evening. As the three women are about to leave, Nancy emerges from her room, ready to accompany them. But her stepmother orders her to stay home and continue working. Left alone, Nancy cannot hide her desolation. In the depths of her misery, her Godmother appears.

Scene V: A Garden

The Godmother uses her special gifts to transport Nancy to a magical garden filled with enchanting creatures- all of whom look vaguely familiar. Together with the godmother, the animals lovingly transform Nancy into the belle of the ball. The godmother warms her that she must leave the dance before midnight, for at that time the magic will reverse itself. The girl happily agrees, and under the light of a blue moon, departs for the dance.


Scene I: The Starlight Ballroom

The dance is in full swing when Bob makes his entrance; once again he takes over the room. At last Nancy arrives, and time seems to stop. She appears vaguely familiar to Bob, and as he gazes on her now, he is smitten. When at last they meet, they heat up the evening with a torrid pas de deux. Nancy and Bob have eyes only for each other. Nancy loses track of time, and is shocked when she hears the first of twelve gongs counting down to midnight. As the last gong sounds, she runs into the open elevator with Bob in pursuit.

Scene II: A Corner of the Estate/Somewhere in a Park

Unbeknownst to each other, Bob and Nancy simultaneously reminisce about the evening and their lost love.

Scene III: The Family Estate

It’s the day after the dance, and the stepsisters, consumed by jealousy, torment Nancy with renewed vigor. As the stepmother intervenes, they all stop to listen to a special television announcement about a handsome young heir who is asking his mystery woman to rendezvous with him that evening in the ballroom.

The stepmother and stepsisters have the same thought: they cannot let Nancy out of the house.

Before the unsuspecting girl realizes what is happening, the stepfamily is upon her and ties her up. They believe that with Nancy out of the way, they have a chance with Bob.

Scene IV: The Ballroom

Bob is alone in the ballroom, when the elevator doors open and a mob of young women swoop down on him. Each girl has done her best to look like Nancy, in the belief that she can trick Bob into believing she is his lost love. But no one dances like his mystery woman. Suddenly the elevator doors open again and Nancy appears.

Scene V: A Garden

The godmother, with assistance from the animals, again transforms the surroundings into a magnificent outdoor setting. A gold moon shines down. As the stepmother and her daughters leave town, Nancy and Bob settle in to watch Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

... And they lived happily ever after.