Cindy Bella Slips into Shakespeare & Company

Cinderella Adapted December 10 to 20

By: - Nov 18, 2009

Shakespeare & Company gets into the holiday spirit early with its world premiere of Cindy Bella (or The Glass Slipper), a delightfully updated spin on the class folk tale Cinderella.  Internationally acclaimed director Irina Brook (The Canterville Ghost, Toad of Toad Hall) directs this production, adapted and created by Brook and Anna Brownsted  in league with seven talented actors from the Company and the community.

Cindy Bella (or The Glass Slipper) is inspired by Rossini's opera La Cenerentola, itself based on the well-known story Cinderella. It is a delight for the young and the young-at-heart of all ages.

Cindy Bella (or The Glass Slipper) plays in Founders' Theatre for a limited run of 11 shows, December 10 through December 20. Press opening is December 11.

All seating is by general admission. There are several applicable discounts, including discounts for Berkshire residents, teachers, active duty military personnel, Senior Citizens, and students.

The popular Family Thursdays discount, introduced for The Hound of the Baskervilles, is continuing as well: on December 10 and December 17, tickets for families or groups of four to six people are $15 each and tickets for families or groups of seven to ten people are $10 each.

As a special bonus, all orders placed by November 20 will receive 20% off! (Discounts cannot be combined. When more than one applies, Box Office staff will apply the discount that yields the largest savings for the ticket buyer.) For more info, details about discounts, or to order tickets, contact the Box Office at (413) 637-3353 or, or visit our Web site at
Alive with music, magic and fun, Cindy Bella (or The Glass Slipper) was unveiled as a work-in-progress last December for two open rehearsals attended by full and enthusiastic houses. Cinderella is a story that can be traced back to at least the First Century B.C.E., with elements of the story re-appearing in different versions, in different cultures, from Egypt to Japan to Scotland .

Cindy Bella (or The Glass Slipper) is a contemporary, romantic fairytale about the inspiring journey of Cindy, a streetwise accordion player with an unconquerable love for music, singing and dancing. There's the handsome, cosmopolitan Prince who falls head over heels for her, Cindy's hard-as-nails stepfather (with an operatic singing voice), and of course her outrageously wicked stepsisters, who try to stand in the way of their love. Cindy Bella (or The Glass Slipper) warmly reminds us that destiny fits like a slipper. (Or, in this case, a sneaker.) 
The cast includes Heather Fisch (Cindy), Dana Harrison (Clorinda), David Joseph (Dandini), Ben Luxon (Don Magnifico), Caley Milliken (Tisbe), Scott Renzoni (Don Ramiro), and Renée Margaret Speltz as the Fairy Godmother.  The performance schedule of Cindy Bella (or The Glass Slipper) is as follows: 12/10 (7:00pm), 12/11 (7:00pm), 12/12 (2:00pm  & 7:00pm), 12/13 (2:00pm), 12/17 (11a.m. & 7:00pm), 12/18 (7:00pm), 12/19 (7:00pm & 2:00pm), and 12/20 (2:00pm).
Irina brook second season (Director of Toad of Toad Hall and Cindy Bella; Director-in-Residence) S&Co: The Canterville Ghost, last winter's workshop of Cindy Bella. Irina was born in Paris ; from the start she was brought up in theaters by her father, director Peter Brook, and her mother, Natasha Parry, an actress. She spent her childhood wishing she was Shirley Temple, or Jodie Foster and could hardly wait to grow up and become an actress.

At 18, she went to New York and performed in various Off-Off Broadway productions. She also waitressed, studied with Stella Adler, went a lot to the Russian tearooms and fell utterly in love with NYC. She returned to Paris where she acted for a few years and then London , where she performed in numerous plays, and a few unmemorable movies.

After many years as a- struggling actress, she discovered a play at the Louisville festival, Beast on the Moon, which she decided to direct; and from its premiere in London to its six month run in Paris (where it won all the theater awards) it opened the door to ten years of nonstop directing, in Paris, Lausanne, Tokyo, Belgium, Holland, Italy, etc. (Plays include: The Glass Menagerie, Romeo & Juliet, The Good Person Of Szechuan, Dancing At Lughnasa, All's Well That Ends Well, Midsummer Night's Dream, Homer's Odyssey, Morphic Resonance, The Island Of SlavesÂ…and also several opera productions.) The French government chose her for the award of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

Cindy Bella (or The Glass Slipper)


DIRECTOR: Irina Brook 


COSTUME CONSTRUCTION: Kadie Midlam, Jim Day and Govane Lohbauer

SOUND ENGINEER:  Michael Pfeiffer

CAST: Heather Fisch, Dana Harrison , David Joseph , Ben Luxon, Caley Milliken , Scott Renzoni , Renée Margaret Speltz

Preview: December 10. Opens: December 11, Closes: December 20

$34. All tickets general admission. Various discounts apply. All orders placed by November 20 will receive 20% off.
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