'Cinderella' comes next week to Keihin Auditorium in Tarboro for a free performance sponsored by the Furman-Mathewson Trust. In addition to the classic fairy tale, the New York Ballet Theatre also will perform three short ballets.
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'Cinderella' comes next week to Keihin Auditorium in Tarboro for a free performance sponsored by the Furman-Mathewson Trust. In addition to the classic fairy tale, the New York Ballet Theatre also will perform three short ballets.

Ballet troupe returns to Tarboro

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A classic fairy take comes to the stage next week in Tarboro in a free performance by the New York Theatre Ballet.

“Cinderella” and three short ballets will be performed starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Keihin Auditorium, a release says.

In addition to “Cinderella,” the program will offer “Three Shades of Blue” by award-winning Broadway choreographer Dan Siretta; the balcony scene from “Romeo & Juliet” with choreography by Sallie Wilson, a former prima ballerina of American Ballet Theatre; and “Sleeping Beauty’s Wedding.”

An earlier “Cinderella” performance by the troupe and its technical presentation has earned critical acclaim.

“Gillian Bradshaw-Smith’s ingenious scenery included a clock that came alive and danced, and furniture that moved magically about,” the release says, quoting a review by The New York Times. “Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan, the imaginative costume designer, created a gasp-producing moment when Cinderella’s attire changed miraculously from rags to the riches of a ball gown. In short, this ‘Cinderella’ will please grown-ups and children alike.”

A grant from the Furman-
Mathewson Trust has allowed the performance to be offered free.

The trust, which is administered by the Edgecombe County Memorial Library, is named in memory of the families of Robert McKnight Furman, Mary Bacon Mathewson Furman, Nathan Mathewson and Mary Jane Austin Mathewson. Its mission is “to provide a perpetual and continuing memorial to the Mathewsons” through a continuing program of cultural, literary, educational and scientific presentations for the library’s users.

The trust brought the troupe to Tarboro for the 2012-13 performance series. “Cinderella” will be back-by-popular-demand performance.

“We are thrilled to have the New York Theatre Ballet back in Edgecombe County,” Anderson Ferrell, a member of the trust’s advisory board and a former professional ballet dancer, said in the release. “Last year’s concert was a sold-out event, and this year’s all new repertory promises to be equally appealing. There is something for all ages on the program. To have this world-class ballet troupe right here in Eastern North Carolina is indeed a rare treat.”

The trust previously has helped bring Maya Angelou, Nicholas Sparks and B.B. King to Edgecombe County, and also has sponsored free performances of Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio and the Regina Carter Quintet.

Though the performance is free, tickets are required. They are available by calling the auditorium’s box office at 823-5166, ext. 187.