A total departure from the Mariinsky Ballet’s version (and somewhere between Footloose and West Side Story) is Rock n’ Roll Cinderella, the story of a girl who’s just gotta dance. Growing up in the 1950s, this Cinderella’s home is ruled by her uptight, stick-in-the-mud stepfather but her toes just can’t stop tapping to that new crazy beat. When her mousy pals Dean and Martin can’t get her a ticket to the Debutante Ball, all seems lost, until a benevolent do-gooder from the “Make a Wish Come True” Society arrives on the scene. Unlike many children’s theater companies, which cast adult actors, the Family Matinee Company puts the city’s most promising young teen actors to work under the direction of Children’s Playwright-in-Residence Stephanie Temple. Past endeavors, like Goldilocks and the Three Aliens, Bollywood Sleepy Beauty, and their Western take on Snow White have inspired gaggles of kiddies hang around after the show for the meet-and-greet.More
Saturdays, Sundays, 2 & 4 p.m. Continues through Oct. 18
When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
Notwithstanding the dweebs who claim to have found religion watching Star Wars, spirituality and the cinema dont go particularly well together. Faith is a difficult quality for the camera to capture and convey, while the transformation that accompanies newfound faith is only slightly more visible. Hence the miracle that is The Passion of Joan of Arc, Carl Theodor Dreyers 1928 silent masterpiece encompassing the trial, incarceration, interrogation, and execution of the devout young virgin. Renée Jeanne Falconetti gives a breathtakingly expressive and vulnerable performance, universally recognized as a pinnacle of screen acting. Dreyer makes the most of his stars bravery, employing a variety of unvarnished and unflinching close-ups that dissolve the emotional distance between the actress and the audience. With the declining number of rep houses, The Passion of Joan of Arc is infrequently shown in theaters nowadays. But a screening in a spiritual setting a house of worship is even rarer, making this event a small miracle in itself. As an added bonus, the British brother act In the Nursery, which started out making industrial music and moved into silent-classic soundtracks, performs live accompaniment.
Mon., May 11, 8 p.m., 2009