Up & Coming Weekly

April 25, 2023

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12 UCW APRIL 26 - MAY 2, 2023 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM See the enchanting world of fairy tales come to life on May 7 as the World Ballet Series presents "Cinderella" at the Crown eatre in Fayetteville. With the dulcet tones of Sergei Prokofiev's enduring score wafting from the orchestra pit, audiences are sure to be awed by the lush hand- painted sets, gorgeous costumes and breathtak- ing choreography of Marina Kessler. "Rhodopis" in Ancient Greece, "Yeh-Shen" in China, the story of Cinderella has gone by many names dating back to the first century. Today, there are as many as 1500 different versions of "Cinderella" in circulation. ough the tale of a young woman who under- goes an extraordinary reversal of fortune exists in some form or another throughout many different cultures, literary versions such as "Aschenputtel" ("e Little Ash Girl") by e Brothers Grimm of Germany and the story of "Cendrillon…" by French author Charles Perrault, are perhaps the most well known. Perrault's version is the basis for Walt Disney's 1950 animated feature, "Cinderella," whose singing mice and bibbidi-bobbidi-boos have charmed audiences for generations. Adapted for the stage in the early 19th century, the earliest ballet of "Cinderella" dates back to around 1813. e addition of Sergei Prokofiev's score in 1945 has since become the industry standard. Of the composition, Prokofiev said: "... I see Cinderella not only as a fairy tale character but also a real person, feeling, experi- encing and moving among us … What I wished to express above all in the music of Cinderella was the poetic love of Cinderella and the Prince, the birth and flowering of that love, the obstacles in its path and finally, the dream fulfilled." e plot, familiar to many, centers on the young Cinderella who, with the aid of her fairy godmother, works to out scheme her wicked step-mother and two evil step-sisters to achieve her "happily ever after." ough many versions of "Cinderella" serve as cautionary tales on the evils of classism, the World Ballet Series' produc- tion infuses the classic story with humor and the magic fans have come to expect — without any of the words. On stage at the Crown eatre, the audience will see Cinderella leap and twirl away from her life as a cinder-coated housemaid to the beauti- ful, worthy princess she was always meant to be. e multi-city U.S. tour features "sparkling" Principal dancer Ekaterina Malkovich in the titular role and invited soloist Leonardo Celegato as her Prince Charming. e Wicked Stepmother, portrayed "stunningly" by dancer Angelina Zgur- skaya, promises to tickle audiences as she and her two equally wicked daughters are repeatedly foiled. Rounding out the company is a cast of dancers plucked from every corner of the globe, making this bold vision of "Cinderella" one you won't want to miss. "Cinderella" opens at 6 p.m. on May 7. Tickets range in price from $38 to $98. To purchase, visit the Crown Complex website at https://www. crowncomplexnc.com/. No food or drink is al- lowed into the theatre; concessions are available at the venue. e Crown eatre is located at 1960 Coliseum Drive in Fayetteville. e World Ballet Series: Cinderella will be performed at the Crown eatre May 7. EVENTS World Ballet Series brings 'Cinderella' to local stage by ASHLEY SHIRLEY HOW hosts BBQ and music fundraiser by CHAYENNE BURNS His Outreach Worldwide will host a barbecue fundraiser May 5. e food will be provided by Southern Coals and live music will be provided by Currie Wayne Clayton Jr. e HOW BBQ Fundraiser will take place at 2770 Breezewood Avenue in Fayetteville from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. e cost is $10 per plate, with all proceeds going toward the HOW Ministry School in Tamu, Myanmar. e goal of His Outreach Worldwide is to share the good news and love of Jesus with all children. e organization does this through several min- istry efforts that help local church food banks, helping children with critical health concerns, delivering water filters around the world, and running a women's ministry and children's school in Myanmar and India. e ministry's book "Sharing Jesus With Chil- dren Around e World" has been translated into 69 languages and distributed in more than 159 nations. It is transforming lives all around the world. One such place is the HOW Ministry School in Tamu, Myanmar. HOW's Founder and Director, Lynne O'Quinn, says that much love and support is needed in that area of the world. e city is considered to be the drug, prostitution, smuggling, trafficking "capi- tal" of Myanmar as it sits on the border of India and shares "trade" with twin city Moreh, India. HOW's goal is to change the area by sharing the love of Christ with the children in the commu- nity. "We now have 238 students — preschool through 4th grade with plans for higher classes as soon as possible," O'Quinn shared with Up & Coming Weekly. "ese students are all Hindu and Buddhist. ey are learning English through scriptures, Bible stories and Christian songs. We are the only English teaching school in the region." O'Quinn went on to say, "We have 22 extremely qualified staff. HOW's leader of the school is ACA University's first woman to graduate with a theological degree, one of two to graduate with the highest honors. She speaks eight languages. Our principal has an engineering degree but chose to serve God through our school. Charis English Primary School is fully accredited by the Burmese government and has the government's — as well as the community's — support. is fact alone is amazing and of God." "As you can see, God's hand is all over this," she said. "ere are so many miracles that have sur- rounded this. God is truly amazing!" O'Quinn points out that for HOW's mission to be successful, it takes the work of many people, and fundraisers such as the May 5 event are invaluable to continuing the effort. She invites the entire community to the event to learn more about HOW. "I sincerely desire our Fayetteville area com- munity to be made aware of the good and service HOW does throughout our community and the world," she said. For more information on His Outreach World- wide and the ministry school in Tamu, Myanmar, visit http://hisoutreachworldwide.org/. ASHLEY SHIRLEY, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200 CHAYENNE BURNS, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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