A Cinderella story: Appalachian Ballet Co. stages impressive Spring show

A lonely Cinderella (Kylie Morton) considers her fate without knowing her fairy godmother awaits.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

A lonely Cinderella (Kylie Morton) considers her fate without knowing her fairy godmother awaits.

The Appalachian Ballet Company dancers told the audience a story Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, and they never said a word. Amy Moore Morton, the company’s artistic director, established her own voice as a master storyteller the same weekend, and she, too, never opened her mouth.

The dancers and choreographer wove the story of Cinderella with fluid motion, on-point dances and a little comedy in the company’s Spring production at the Clayton Center for the Arts, bringing the dance company’s 39th season to a close. Packed houses both Saturday night and Sunday helped make the season a financial success as well.

After the Saturday night performance, Morton said she was pleased with the ballet, which she choreographed in its entirety. Admitting it was a large undertaking for a company that began in the fall with Blue Jeans and Ballet, then added a second venue to their traditional “Nutcracker” ballet at Christmas, followed by a dance-based fundraiser called “Dancing With Our Stars.” Offering a full-length story-ballet in the spring was ambitious. The company was building, she said, on the audience response and success of last spring’s “Peter Pan.”

“After ‘Cinderella,’ I heard guest-after-guest talking about how beautiful the show was,” said Morton, “and I was very happy with the whole performance. The dancers were incredible, and I am very proud of them.”

Part of that pride hit close to home as Morton’s daughter, Kylie Morton, danced the lead role. Kylie is back from two years with the professional ballet company in Charlotte and is dancing with Appalachian again and teaching at Van Metre School of Dance, the company’s home studio. Also returning to dance the role of the fairy godmother was ABC alumni Heather Wilcoxson Hayes.

The line-up for 2011-2012 season is still in the planning stages, but will include fall and spring shows and “The Nutcracker,” as well as some 40th anniversary celebrations.

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