#5 - Narratively deficient?
Posted 19 July 2004 - 07:12 PM
Posted 20 July 2004 - 05:25 AM
Posted 20 July 2004 - 05:48 AM
I mentioned in another thread that in this production the step mother has died. That changes the entire relationship between Cinderella, her father, and the step sisters. The step mother is the only reason for the meanness of the story; without her either the Dad is an ogre (and he definitely isn't in Ashton's version) or the step sisters wield clout (which seems questionable, given their daffiness).
However, it's a fairy tale and logic is not required.
Posted 20 July 2004 - 05:49 AM
Posted 20 July 2004 - 09:02 AM
I think it's narratively coherent and not deficient. Mashinka, Vaughan writes that Ashton didn't use the Prince's Journey music because, I'm paraphrasing, "I didn't like the music and didn't much care for the places the Prince went" -- so your hunch was a good one. I think, too, that although it would have provided a good opportunity for a suite of character dances, there was was enough caractere work with the Stepsisters; dramatically, you really don't need it. We know the Prince has been looking for a long time.
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