By Megan Kamler (RCB Dancer)
What a crazy ride these past few months have been! Becoming Cinderella has been an exciting and fulfilling process. I am constantly learning new things about myself and my dancing that, without this experience, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to discover!
So far my favorite part of the whole rehearsal process is defining my character and figuring out the best way to portray what Cinderella is feeling through my dancing. I have also been working on showing her journey of emotions through the small acting parts. For example, in the house scene, she is a different girl than she is when she enters the ball for the first time. I have to try to figure out how to be the shy and oppressed girl, who is loaded with house chores and treated very poorly. But at the same time, add a layer of anonymity and elegance when entering the ball for the first time. This is my first time dancing the lead role in a ballet, so working on things like the acting are more important than they would be as a corps member. I would say this is the most challenging part of the rehearsal process, but I feel it’s getting easier every week!
Jesse Campbell (my Prince Charming) and I have been rehearsing the Pas de Deux from the ball scene since December because we had the chance to perform it in our last show, Ballet: RCB Style. That part of the ballet is my favorite part because it is where Cinderella truly is allowed to lose herself in the dancing and forget her hard life at home with her stepmother and stepsisters. It’s the first moment where she gets to be happy without having to hide it. Plus that tutu is one of my all time favorites!
After finishing the last show, we began to learn and rehearse the rest of the ballet. Learning the house scenes in Act I and Act III have been the most entertaining part of the process. My oh so beautiful stepsisters Adam Kittelberger and Fidel Orillo make it very hard for me to not break out laughing in the middle of rehearsal! Such comedians they are with their shenanigans! Even my mean stepmother, Brian Norris (who really is not mean at all in real life) makes me laugh with the faces he makes! My father (played wonderfully by Matt Throumoulos) is the only one in my family who I love, and although he wants me to be treated nicely, his efforts are constantly smothered by the stepmother. If you come to the show you will see that it is in Cinderella’s alone time in the house scenes that you see her the happiest even though she is left out of everything her stepsisters get to do. Cinderella still finds a way to be happy even though she has nothing.
I highly suggest coming to witness the humor these characters bring to the stage! They will have you and your young ones laughing out loud the entire time! And of course you can’t miss the magical dancing done by my Fairy God Mother (Jessica Tretter) and the rest of our beautiful company! The show runs for one weekend only, so grab your tickets and come share the magic! http://rochestercityballet.com/performance-cinderella.php
See you there!
Meg (a.k.a. Cindy)