Cedar City Junior Ballet’s (CCJB) Cinderella comes with all the splendor and magic that happens when ballet collides with fairytale – beautiful music, arabesques, leaps and a well-loved story. In addition, the casting for the 2014 production promises to bring some of Southern Utah’s best dancers and actors to take the leads in this ballet. They will join a cast of ballerinas and dancers of all ages. Brad Carroll will make his debut in pointe shoes as Cinderella’s stepmother; Alexandria Wall-Staheli rejoins the company to play its lead female role for the second year in a role and will be performing as Cinderella. She will be joined by dancer Sterling Young as the prince. Southern Utah University’s dance faculty professor Kay Anderson will make an appearance as the jester, and Cedar City Junior Ballet Artistic Director Lise Mills and her sister Christine Mills, Founder of Cedar City Junior Ballet will perform the roles of Cinderella’s stepsisters.
Each year the CCJB company spends six months preparing to bring classic dance and a fairytale story to Cedar City. The casting is done by Artistic Director Lise Mills. Lise has been dancing for 55 years. She danced with Burch Mann’s American Folk Ballet for 30 years and is currently the beginning jazz instructor at Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival personnel manager and assistant to casting. In her spare time she teaches ballet and pointe classes. Lise is excited to bring together her loyal and experienced company members with the new faces that will be joining the production this year.
Alexandria Wall-Staheli is originally from Richfield, Utah where she began her training at a young age in her mother's dance studio. She has training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and contemporary dance styles. Her experience includes collaborating and performing with Cedar City Junior Ballet, Hubei Opera and Dance Drama Theatre in Wuhan China, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, and Shifting Velocity Dance Company. Alexandria will graduate from SUU this May with a B.A. in Dance Education.
Brad Carroll’s production experience leans more to the theatrical and his work has been seen recently at the Utah Shakespeare Festival as the composer of Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical; the director of Johnny Guitar, and do-author of Christmas Carol: On the Air. He has had an integral role at theatres throughout the country including the Idaho Shakespeare, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Utah Festival Opera, Anchorage Opera, Phoenix Theater and more. His teaching credits include PCPA, SUU, UNLV and Roosevelt University.
Kay Andersen brings years of dance experience to the production. From 1986-1997 he was a soloist with the Nikolais & Murray Louis Dance Co. where he performed worldwide, He is currently an associate professor of dance and the department chair at Southern Utah University. At SUU he choreographs, teaches improvisation, composition, modern dance technique and tap dance technique.
Sterling Young started dancing at this Mom's studio when he was two years old. When he was 19 years old he went to study with Ballet New England with David Drummond from Boston Ballet, and Angela Carter. Young has danced in twenty various productions in the last five years, and has had various lead roles over the years at Cedar City Junior Ballet. Last year he danced the major role of the prince in CCJB’s Sleeping Beauty.
Tickets to the Cedar City Junior Ballet’s Cinderella performance are $10 and can be purchased by calling 435-586-7878. The event takes place at 7:30 pm in the Randall L. Jones Theatre March 28 and 29.