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You shall go to the ball!

By Maria Gregoriou

It is the season to dream a little bigger, to see things with a bit more of a twinkle than you usually do, and it is also that season when you might, just might, believe that fairytales could come true.

So, this being the season, it is a perfect time for Cinderella to put on her glass slippers, get into her carriage and go to the ball.

It may not be a new story – especially for girls out there who blame Cinderella for their fetishes with shoes – but it is a beloved one that will take on a new form as of Saturday at the Melina Merkouri Hall in Nicosia.

The theatrical telling of the story has been adapted and directed by Andreas Araouzos, founder of the Alpha Square theatre company, with a pinch of humour and a lot of fidelity to the true meaning behind the story.

Get ready to meet Margarete, a girl whose stepmother and two stepsisters make her life hell. She is constantly cleaning after them, doing the house work and generally whatever the other ladies of the house don’t want to do.

But everything changes when Prince Agisilaos III invites the whole village to a ball at the palace. Margarete, who is nicknamed Cinderella by her stepsisters, is told that she has to stay behind while everyone else goes out to the party. All alone and sad at home, something magical happens that will turn her life around forever.

The play will be performed this Saturday December 12 at 4pm, and Saturday December 19 and 26 at 11am and 4pm, while it will also be playing during the month on Sundays at 11am and 4pm.

Six songs have been written for the performance, with music by Theodoris Ekonomou and lyrics by Stavros Stavrou.

Cinderella is played by Niki Dragoumi and Irodotos Miltiades takes on the role of the prince.

Cinderella will then pick up her slippers and move to Limassol where the theatrical play will be presented at the Rialto theatre on January 2 at 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

Performance based on the fairytale, for all. December 5-27. Melina Merkouri Hall, Famagusta Gate, Athina Avenue, Nicosia. December 5 and 4: 4pm, December 19 and 16: 11am and 4pm, and Sundays: 11am and 4pm. In Greek. €9. Tel: 77-777040

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