When: Sat., May 14, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., May 15, 2 p.m. 2016
Cinderella is a classic story about an underdog who gets the last laugh. The Missouri Ballet Theatre brings the ballet to life in a production that gives Cinderella's evil stepmother and equally rotten stepsisters a comic gloss. So rather than vilifying a blended family, this show treats them as risible characters. In fact, a surprise male guest star will take on the role of the stepmother. All that fairy godmother magic, the noble prince and the plucky young woman who triumphs in the end all remain in place. Missouri Ballet Theatre presents a new version of Cinderella at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (May 14 and 15) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; www.missourballettheatre.org). Both matinee shows are preceded by the Cinderella Parade, which allows audience members to get onstage with the cast to take pictures before heading backstage for a fairy tale party. Tickets to the ballet are $35, and parade tickets cost an additional $25.