Ventura County Ballet’s ‘Cinderella’ is a perfect fit

Timeless ‘rags to riches’ tale told through local ballet’s spring production
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Ventura County Ballet
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Rodney Gustafson
Kathleen Noblin




Feb. 15, 2012 - PRLog -- On Saturday, April 14, one of the world’s most beloved fairytales, Cinderella, will return to Ventura County, featuring an exceptional cast of professional dancers and some of the county’s top ballerinas.

The Ventura County Ballet (VCB) will share the “rags to riches” love story through the art of dance at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center during two full-scale professional productions at 2 and 7 PM.

Highlighting the VCB Cinderella performance will be the unique and modern choreography provided by State Street Ballet’s director, Rodney Gustafson, with additional choreography from Gary McKenzie and Marina Fliagina, VCB ballet mistress. This melding of the minds brings the timeless tale of magical transformations to life through delightful dancing, pageantry, special effects, and of course, humor.  

“The Cinderella ballet is one of my favorite productions because it has something that every member of the family can enjoy,” said Kathleen Noblin, executive director of the VCB. “This is our most professional ballet and features so many fun elements - dancing puppets, beautiful costumes and even the antics of the hilarious stepsisters

Tickets range from $10 to $25; $12 for children 10 years and younger, $17 for seniors 65 and older. Tickets are available online at, or by calling the OPAC box office at (805) 486-2424.

What:         Ventura County Ballet presents Cinderella, the ballet
When:         Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Where:       Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard CA
Tickets:      $10 to $25, $12 for children 10 years and under; $17 for seniors 65
and older.

About Ventura County Ballet and Ballet Academy Ventura
Celebrating its 14th year, the Ventura County Ballet presents two to three large scale productions each year. The productions feature professional dancers as well as pre-professional students from Ballet Academy Ventura, the official school of Ventura County Ballet.

Kathleen Noblin, a recipient of the City of Ventura 2008 Mayor’s Arts Award, founded Ballet Academy Ventura, as the official in-residence school of the Ventura County Ballet in 1992. She has served as executive director of the company since its inception. Students are taught creative movement as early as 2 to 3½ years and pre-ballet to the age of six. A complete and graduated ballet program, beginning through pre-professional, including adults is taught.

For more information, or to sponsor an upcoming ballet or educational program, call (805) 648-2080 or visit

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