Princess and the Pea

Also featuring a world premiere of The Steadfast Tin Soldier

April 27 - 29 | Aronoff Center for the Arts

Princess & the Pea
: Victoria Morgan
Music: Carmon DeLeone

Cincinnati Ballet premiered its homegrown classic Princess and the Pea in 1998. Choreographed by Victoria Morgan and with music by DeLeone, this family treat combines storytelling dance and slapstick comedy to weave a narrative about the unassuming young woman who discovers, after a fitful night on a mountain of blankets, that she is a princess. Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra performs under the devoted baton of Maestro DeLeone. Families will delight in this whimsical, fun fairytale.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Choreography: Devon Carney
Music: Georges Bizet
As a part of this enchanting double bill, Cincinnati Ballet presents Hans Christan Andersen's classic tale about a tin soldier's long journey and unfaltering love for a paper ballerina. Devon Carney brings the story to life with world premiere choreography to music by Georges Bizet, performed by the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra under Carmon DeLeone.

The Dates

Friday, April 27 - 8 pm

Saturday, April 28 - 8 pm

Saturday, April 28 - 2 pm

Sunday, April 29 - 2 pm

The Hype

Read the preview article in the Cincinnati Enquirer -  Ballet: Double-bill dances for young and old [Read Article]

Frank Marzullo of Fox 19 takes a trip into the wardrobe vault at Cincinnati Ballet. [Watch Video]

The Stories

Princess & the Pea
by Hans Christian Andersen with revisions by Victoria Morgan

Once upon a time there was a grand party for a prince who wanted to marry a princess; she would have to be a real princess. Young ladies travelled from all over the world to meet him, but it was difficult to find out whether they were real princesses. There was always something about them that was not as it should be.

One evening a terrible storm came. There was thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly the storm burst through the windows and the entire room was in chaos.  As the raging storm calmed, the royal court and servants noticed an unfamiliar clump in the middle of the room.  A young woman emerged.

It was a princess standing there in front of everyone. Good gracious! What a sight the rain and the wind had made her look. The water ran down from her hair and clothes. It ran down into the toes of her shoes and out again at the heels, and yet she said that she was a real princess.

Well, we'll soon find that out, thought the old queen. But she said nothing, went into the bedroom and laid a pea on the bottom of twenty mattresses and twenty feather pillows and linens.

On this the princess had to lie all night. In the morning, she was asked how she had slept.

"Oh, very badly!" said she. "I have scarcely closed my eyes all night. Heaven only knows what was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard, so that I am black and blue all over my body. It's horrible!"

Now they knew that she was a real princess because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses and the twenty feather pillows and linens.  Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that.

So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that he had a real princess, and the pea was put in the museum, where it may still be seen, if no one has stolen it.

There, that is a true story.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier
by Hans Christian Andersen with revisions by Devon Carney

On Christmas Eve, a little boy receives a box of tin soldiers, each straight as a rifle stick, and wearing a painted red and blue uniform.  The daughter too is given a beautiful Paper Ballerina. For the Steadfast Tin Soldier it is love at first sight.

At night, when all have gone off to sleep, the toys come alive.  The soldiers all come out of their box and parade about doing their exercises.  The Paper Ballerina watches in astonishment.  She then is courted by the Steadfast Tin Soldier.  A jealous ogre type Jack-in-the-Box, who also vies for the Paper Ballerina’s attention, pushes the Steadfast Tin Soldier out a window that has been blown open by a gust wind leaving her all to himself. Later, found by a street urchin, the Steadfast Tin Soldier is placed in a paper hat, sent down the gutter, confronted by rats demanding a toll to pass and then washed out to sea.  Surviving tides, torrents and a very big hungry fish, the Tin Soldier is miraculously rescued. One night, the family discovers him inside the fish they are eating for dinner.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier is reunited with his true love, the Paper Ballerina.  Suddenly, an unexpected breeze sweeps the Paper Ballerina into the fireplace.  The Steadfast Tin Soldier can’t bear to be without his love and throws himself into the flames.  Joined by their passion, they are consumed by the fire. Later, in the cold ashes of the fireplace a single heart formed from the melted tin of the soldier is found and emblazoned upon it is the delicate flower of the ballerina.  They are united in love forever.

The Artists

  Get to know our Company Dancers

Victoria Morgan | Artistic Director & CEO, Choreographer for Princess & the Pea

Over the past 14 years, Cincinnati Ballet has experienced tremendous growth and critical success under the leadership of Artistic Director Victoria Morgan. As the company entered its 45th Anniversary Season, Ms. Morgan took on the additional role as an executive leader, serving for the first time as both the Artistic Director and CEO of Cincinnati Ballet to lead the company into a vibrant and confident future. [Read more]

Carmon DeLeone |  Music Director, Composer for Princess & the Pea, conductor for Princess & the Pea and The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Carmon DeLeone, Music Director of The Cincinnati Ballet, The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and The Middletown (OH) Symphony, possesses an impressive list of accomplishments. At New York's Carnegie Hall, he has served as Conductor and Host of the "Family Concert" Series. He has conducted frequent performances in Europe with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra; and has been named the Illinois "Music Director of the Year." [Read more]

Devon Carney | Associate Artistic Director, Choreographer for The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Mr. Carney currently serves as Associate Artistic Director of Cincinnati Ballet and has been with the company since 2003. He has had the opportunity to work closely with choreographers Donald Byrd, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Jorma Elo, Victor Kabanieav, Trey McIntyre, Donald McKayle, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Kirk Peterson and others during this time and has choreographed and staged a number of full-productions for the company, including The Sleeping Beauty, and currently Giselle and Steadfast Tin Soldier for the 2011-12 season.
[Read more]

The Press Release



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