By Mark Ambrogi
Presenting Sergei Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” provides some challenges for the Ballet Theatre of Carmel at Performer’s Edge.
“All cast members are enjoying the challenge of not only mastering the demanding dance steps to Prokofiev’s unique music but also embracing the opportunity to hone their acting, pantomime and comedic timing skills,” artistic director Jane Hachiya-Weiner said.
The pre-professional ballet company will present “Cinderella” at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 13 at Westfield High School Auditorium.
Natalie Heinemeyer, a Westfield resident, is playing the Fairy Godmother and understudy to Cinderella.
“I love the music, costume and choreography of the Fairy Godmother,” Heinemeyer said. “Sometimes during rehearsals, I’ll be learning the Fairy Godmother role and Cinderella at the same time, it can be exhausting, but I am privileged to be the understudy to two amazing dancers, Lacy Marsh and Erica Lohman.”
Lohman, a Mount Vernon High School senior, will play Cinderella in 2:30 performance while Marsh, a Park Tudor senior, is Cinderella in the evening show. Marsh and Lohman switch playing Cinderella’s stepmother as well.
Heinemeyer, 14, finished in the top 24 in the Junior Classical Ballet Category in the Youth America Grand Prix Semifinals competition at The Tarkington Theatre in Carmel in March and was invited to the YAGP master classes in April. Heinemeyer, a homeschooled eighth grader, will attend the Washington Ballet Summer Intensive over the summer.
I find the most challenging part of competing are the moments right before my entrance on stage,” Heinemeyer said. “Waiting in the wings, watching others and hearing their music, all while trying to remain focused, that’s the most stressful part for me.”
Emmanuelle Hendrickson, 15, was third place winner in the Senior Classical Ballet Category at YAGP in Carmel. Her sister, Isabelle, 14, was a Top 12 finalist in Junior Classical Ballet. The sisters, who are homeschooled, are from Kirklin in Clinton County.