Posted 09 August 2002 - 12:22 PM
Could someone tell me the basic storyline (if there is one) of The Firebird? The P A Ballet website doesn't really give any information beyond the fact that it is based on folklore.
Also if there is a story line, does it have a happy ending? You don't have to tell me the ending just if it is happy or not. It sounds silly, but my husband hates sad endings, so I will invite some one else along if it happens to have a sad ending, I could take him to Cinderella instead.
I hope that my finances will be in better order by time The Firebird and Cinderella come around. They should be. I think I can figure out the Cinderella story line.
Posted 09 August 2002 - 12:58 PM
The Firebird is indeed an old Russian folk tale. Prince Ivan (is he also the tsarevich? can't recall), captures a bird with fiery red plumage during a hunt. The Firebird talks Ivan out of putting her in a cage in the kitchen by giving Ivan a magic feather. Later, Ivan chances upon a magical castle chock full of beautiful princesses. They tell Ivan of the wicked Kastchei in the castle who turns passing visitors into stone, for fun. Ivan, armed with his feather, confronts Kastchei. The magic feather shields him from harm, and the Firebird appears. Kastchei and his bad guys are defeated, and the ballet ends with Ivan winning the hand of a beautiful princess. So it's a pretty happy ending, and I think you can take your husband without fear. I almost forgot -- the stone people are released from their spell, too.
Posted 09 August 2002 - 08:03 PM
in any case no traditional staging i know of has an unhappy ending, most end w/ the wedding of the tsarevich and his princess, kastchei vanquished and the firebird flown.
Posted 10 August 2002 - 01:03 PM
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