by Mika Belle
The Morrison Center was near full capacity this weekend for all three performances of Ballet Idaho's Cinderella. The company's choice of the colorful classic as the last show of its season paid off as it was well attended by all age groups.
"This afternoon's matinee show was amazing," said Kim Kaine, marketing director for Ballet Idaho. "We had every little girl in the city of Boise wearing their Cinderella dress."
Kaine said Ballet Idaho was proud to pull off such a special performance, led by artistic director Peter Anastos, who has such an illustrious resume. Anastos has choreographed morer than 100 stage shows around the world, and even collaborated with Mikhail Baryshnikov for the American Ballet Theatre's presentation of Cinderella.
The Boise production showcased dozens of dancers jumping, kicking, spinning and twirling in front of multiple colorful sets created under the direction of Michael Helms.
Though such an elaborate project might seem daunting and hard to pull off, Kaine shrugged it off as a practical no-brainer.
"It's a popular storybook ballet," she said.