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Classical Kids Storytime: 'Cinderella'

Classical Kids Storytime: Cinderella Nancy Carlson for MPR
20min 30sec : Classical Kids Storytime: Cinderella

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Welcome to Classical Kids Storytime! Today's story is all about a young woman who has many names all around the world, but the one you probably know best is Cinderella.

Did you know the Cinderella story was written more than 300 years ago by a Frenchman named Charles Perrault? And Cinderella wasn't the only famous story he gave us. Among his other characters are Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots and another famous princess, Sleeping Beauty.

When a story is a good one, lots of people want to tell the tale. You probably know of more than one version of Cinderella's story. You might have one or two stories in a book. Walt Disney made a famous animated version. Parents and grandparents probably remember Cinderella made for TV way back in the 1960s, when a famous Broadway musical team, Rodgers and Hammerstein, made her sing and dance.

Classical music writers also loved Cinderella. More than 200 years ago, Italian composer Giacchino Rossini wrote a very funny opera called La Cenerentola. "Cenerentola" means "Cinderella" in Italian. But you won't meet all the usual characters in Rossini's opera. He's taken some out and added new ones.

Instead of the Fairy Godmother, there's Alidoro, teacher and friend to the Prince. He helps Cinderella get to the ball. And rather than a wicked stepmother, there's her nasty stepfather, Don Magnifico, who insists he had a dream that his daughters, Clorinde and Tisby, will become royalty. Cinderella's real name is revealed as Angelina. And there's no glass slipper! Instead, there's a pair of matching diamond bracelets.

And so our story begins.

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(See more of Carlson's illustrations in the gallery.)

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Giacchino Rossini: La Cenerentola (instrumental excerpts)
Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Alberto Zedda, conductor

Benjamin Britten (based on Rossini): Matinees Musicales: II. Nocturne
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
Okko Kamu, conductor

Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.


Narrator: Lynne Warfel

Tisbe: Elena See
Clorinda: Lynne Warfel
Cinderella: Julie Amacher
Don Magnifico: Steve Seel
Prince Ramiro: Scott Blankenship
Alidoro: Josh Holt
Dandini: Josh Holt

Adapted and directed by: Lynne Warfel
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Illustrations: Nancy Carlson
Digital producer: James Napoli
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Technical directors: Michael Osborne, Veronica Rodriguez, Evan Clark Program director: Julie Amacher

Classical Kids Storytime: Cinderella Nancy Carlson for MPR
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there lived a beautiful young lady named Angelina. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Angelina lived in a big, rundown house with her stepfather, Don Magnifico, and her two stepsisters, Tisbe and Clorinda. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Clorinda and Tisbe were selfish and mean, liking nothing better than when their father gives them expensive dresses and, especially, jewelry. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"I'm sure you'll find something you can wear to the ball tonight," Don Magnifico tells Clorinda and Tisbe. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Clorinda and Tisbe fight over the tiara. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The prince has sent his teacher, Alidoro, disguised as a beggar. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Cinderella's family meets Prince Ramiro, who is disguised as his servant, Dandini. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The prince, disguised as the servant Dandini, spots Angelini standing by the fireplace. He is immediately enchanted by her. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Alidoro tells Angelina that he is not actually a beggar, but a friend and mentor of Prince Ramiro. Nancy Carlson for MPR
That night, the palace looked more festive and alive than anyone had ever seen it. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"Tonight, I will ask Angelina to be my princess for all time," says Prince Ramiro. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"Would you care to dance?" asks the Prince. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"Would you be so kind as to give this bracelet to your servant?" asks Angelina. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"Angelina, I could not wait to bring your bracelet back," says Ramiro. "In truth, I am Prince Ramiro. Will you marry me, Angelina?" Of course, she says yes! Nancy Carlson for MPR

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