What’s on: “Cinderella”
Ballet backstory: In 2006, Carolina Ballet artistic director Robert Weiss choreographed his own version of the popular “Cinderella” story, commissioning Karl Moraski to compose a new score. Each time “Cinderella” returns, it proves one of the company’s most engaging presentations. The hour-long one-act is perfect for introducing children to ballet, but adult fans will find all the thrills they require. The evening is finished off with two new works, one by Zalman Raffael to a Philip Glass violin concerto and the other by Weiss to Aram Khachaturian’s “Adagio” from “Spartacus.”
What to watch for: David Heuvel’s sumptuous costumes and Jeff A. R. Jones’ lovely scenic designs; the humorous but technically difficult ugly sisters’ dances at the ball; Cinderella and the Prince’s beautiful, moonlit pas de deux.
Where: Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday-May 17; 2 p.m. Saturday and May 17
Tickets: $24.55-$77.93 including tax (student rush $16.01)
Info: 919-719-0900 or carolinaballet.com