Modern Cinderella story comes to Minot

Rinat Mouzafarov Institute of Dance and Ballet to perform “Ella Cinder”

Submitted Photo Prince Edward, portrayed by Kason Hanson, sweeps Ella Cinder, performed by Skyler Ballard, off her feet in the romantic and comedic musical “Ella Cinder.”

Timeless elegance, riveting dance and spectacular charm will grace the stage of Anne Nicole Nelson Hall, as the Rinat Mouzafarov Institute of Dance and Ballet perform the Broadway classic “Ella Cinder.”

Featuring a cast of more than 50 performers, “Ella Cinder” is a musical tour de force that displays elaborate choreography, stunning costumes, varying genres of music and comical characters.

Jennifer McQuade, a voice specialist described the Broadway hit as a must-see production that brings about laughs while breaking down barriers.

“Sometimes, people think ballet is inaccessible, ‘Ella Cinder’ is not that,” McQuade said. “Audiences will be on the floor laughing. ‘Ella Cinder’ is a good time and I believe people will want to see this more than once.”

Starting 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, followed by a 2 p.m. performance Sunday, Minot concertgoers can experience the awe-inspiring twist to the legendary tale of Cinderella, on the campus of Minot State University.

Hailed as the modern day Cinderella story, celebrated choreographer Rinat Mouzafarov expressed tremendous excitement to share the thrilling musical and romantic comedy with Magic City audiences.

“This is a family friendly comedy,” Mouzafarov said. “There’s going to be singing, dancing and really great acting.”

Taking place in “The Big Apple,” “Ella Cinder” introduces audiences to the hustle and bustle of New York City.

As a dressmaker with aspirations of designing her own brand, Ella, performed by Skyler Ballard, is a creative visionary with hopes of working her way from the oppressive clutches of her overbearing stepmother, Madame Cinder, performed by Cole Anderson.

During the 21st century rendition of Cinderella, Anderson takes a momentary retreat from pounding the football at Minot State University to becoming a fur wearing stepmother.

Considered a rising actor and promising dancer, Anderson earned praise for his comedic performance with stepdaughters Anastasia, portrayed by Tyanna Weeks and Drusella, performed by Emma Haaland.

“The stepmother and stepsisters are the comedic focus of the show,” McQuade said.

Opposite of Ella Cinder is Prince Edward, performed by Kason Hason, a dashing character who becomes spellbound by the unsung dressmaker.

Described by Mouzafarov as a beautiful dancer, Hanson enjoyed the challenging choreography created by his long time friend and mentor.

“I think people in Minot are super lucky to have Mr. Rinat,” Hanson said. “It would be really awesome for the Minot community to spread the word and celebrate this performance and the gem we have in Mr. Rinat.”

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at Jacobsen Music, Home Sweet Home, Esoterica, Northwest Music and Video Magic.