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Crystal Slippers Re-Visited

The Russian Winter Festival celebrates the New Orleans Russian community every year. Visiting musicians, bazaars, food, heritage crafts all come together through the efforts of Moscow Nights, Inc. This year, Moscow Nights also presents an ambitious classic version of Cinderella penned by Russian playwright Evgeny Shvartz. Shvartz was known for his lyrical children’s fairy tale plays that contained hidden political critique, often putting him on the wrong side of Stalin. This piece is a screenplay of a film made in 1948.
Cinderella, in English, opens at Kenner Rivertown Theater March 30, and then April 5, 6 and 7. Natasha Ramer, who came to New Orleans from the Soviet Union thirty years ago directs the lavish production featuring dozens of dancers from Jefferson Ballet, and original music by Georgian transplant Zaza Marjanshivili. The lovely Shakespearian actress Tatianna Macchione plays the lead with up and coming star Ross Britz as her Prince. The cast features some of the areas best pros as well – Big Easy Actor of the Year Dane Rhodes fresh from his role in Django Unchained, plays the king, along with cabaret and stage goddess Amy Alvarez as the Stepmother.
So a little dance, a little song, a little glitz, and a little social comment all in a perfect afternoon for the kids makes for a refreshing take on an old tale.

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