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
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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
Produced for what was likely a days Botox budget on Baz Luhrmanns Australia, the auspicious Oz import, The Black Balloonthe debut feature of director Elissa Downcomes on like a Rain Man for the High School Musical set, but quickly establishes itself as that rare disease movie, in which the disorder in question is mined neither for mawkish sentimentality nor ersatz inspirationalism. Perhaps because Down herself grew up with two autistic siblings, she brings a decidedly piss-(and-shit)-and-vinegar approach to the story of shy Queensland teen, Thomas (Rhys Wakefield), who has enough trouble fitting in at his new high school and returning the flirtation of his comely phys-ed classmate (stunning, saucer-eyed newcomer, Gemma Ward) without the interference of his shortbus-riding autistic brother (Luke Ford, who acts the part with total conviction). Sweetie this isnt, but within its resolutely mainstream parameters, The Black Balloon courses with a firsthand feel for languorous Aussie summers, the shifting scales of love and hate in sibling relationships, and the earned wit that helps families cope with difficult situations. The time is the 1980s, and, as in the Australian new wave films that proliferated during that period, one gets the sense of a cadre of bright, young filmmaking talents on the verge of breaking out.
April 17-30, 2009