While most of us are familiar with Disney's Cinderella--the story of a pumpkin, a prince with a foot fetish, a plump fairy godmother and a girl so pure, she's given a morning bath by bluebirds--the fairytale has been around much longer than Walt and his characters. Scholars have traced the tale back to the Greco-Egyptian story of Rhodopis, a rosy-cheeked servant girl forced to do chores while everyone else attends a throw-down hosted by Pharaoh Amasis. After a bird steals Rhodopis' rose-hued sandal and drops it at the Pharaoh's feet, he makes each lady in town try on the sandal before finding sweet Rhodo and making her his new bride.
Regardless of which version is your favorite, be sure to check out Ballet Idaho's one-day-only, two-performance run of Cinderella at the Morrison Center. The show features the evil antics of Cinderella's step-monsters as well as lavish scenery by Mike Helms from the Nevada Ballet Theatre, costumes by New York designer A. Christina Giannini and choreography by Ballet Idaho artistic director Peter Anastos. We sure hope they bust out the glass pointe shoes.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., $20-$50, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-343-0556,balletidaho.org.