It’s seven weeks until curtain up for Ballet, Birmingham and Me and their production of Cinderella and rehearsals are moving along at a rapid pace. The final pieces of dance are in the process of been choreographed and along side rehearsals the young people are attending ballet classes to perfect their technique. The pressure is stepping up but the young people continue to develop their characters and roles with eagerness and focus which is truly impressive. It promises to be a spectacular show.

It is not just rehearsals which are stepping up a gear, there is a hive of activity behind the scenes with costumes and props being made and the stage management team coming on board within the next few weeks. In preparation for the final weeks leading up to the show there is an intensive week of rehearsals, costume fittings and ballet classes. During this period the company will start to put together all the different dances to make the show; like one massive Jigsaw.

Sam Phillips, a past participant of Safahr, a project Birmingham Royal Ballet ran in 2004, is working as Assistant Director alongside the creative team and writes,

“The intensive week is hard work as you need to remember everything you have done, but it is also a very exciting time. You see the work you have done in rehearsals come together to create one show. Getting costumes fitted and seeing all the props makes you realise how much effort has been put in behind the scenes to make the show (and you) look amazing on stage.

It has been impressive watching the rehearsals tonight and noticing how much effort the young people are giving, the work they have been putting in really does show through in the high standard of dance I have seen tonight.

I cannot wait to see the whole show.”