Sometimes wishes really do come true.
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs a unique, two-act version of “Cinderella” at the Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Flushing on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets run from $23 to $39.
This timeless fairy tale begins with a cruel, jealous woman who constantly lashes out at her stepdaughter, making her serve as a maid. Despite the unfair treatment, the beautiful young Cinderella, who always keeps the faith, ends up marrying Prince Charming with some help from a fairy godmother, glass slippers, and magic.
In addition to the main characters, the cast includes two evil stepsisters and dozens of fairies and gnomes whose detailed costumes have a vibrant and pastel color scheme that adds pop to the spectacle. They prance in front of a lushly painted, fantastical set to music by Sergei Prokofiev, an early 20th century Russian composer who gained fame by creating the first soundtrack to the ballet version of “Romeo and Juliet.”
The show’s choreography comes from Vladimir Vasiliev, a former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Theater Ballet who was the first dancer ever to receive La médaille d’or du meilleur danseur du Monde from the French government in the 1970s.
The State Ballet Theater of Russia was founded by another Bolshoi Theater Ballet prodigy, former Prima Ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. With performances ranging from “Swan Lake” to “Nutcracker,” the company regularly tours the United States.