Local ballerinos steal the show

Photo by Scott Hamilton
A flabbergasted prince, Nathaniel Carter, holds Cinderella’s step-sister, Elijah Hamilton, while the other step-sister, James Etsch, grovels at his feet for attention.

By Scott Hamilton

Two local ballerinos stole the show at the production of “Cinderella” at the Avenue Theatre in West Plains last weekend. Elijah Hamilton and James Etsch took the audience by surprise in the roles of Cinderella’s step-sisters. The Children’s Ballet of the Ozarks performed “Cinderella” Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Attending the performance led one to believe the show should have been called “The Step Sisters.” Every time they took the stage, the audience was brought to tears, tears of laughter. Their performance was a mix of cleanly executed ballet moves and slap-stick comedy as they fawned over the prince and tortured Cinderella.

Photo by Scott Hamilton
Cinderella, Tia Copling, and the prince, Nathaniel Carter, 
showing perfect pointe technique during their final duet of the show.
Not to downplay the very well-executed performance of Cinderella, Tia Copling; the Fairy Godmother, Anna Medwid, and the prince, Nathanial Carter. There is an unbelievable amount of talent coming from this small studio located in Cabool. The Children’s Ballet of the Ozarks will be performing the show again this coming weekend, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. It’s worth the drive to West Plains to enjoy the show.

Photo by Scott Hamilton
The show opens with young Cinderella, 
Faith Medwid, and her father, Lance Forbeck, 
mourning the loss of her mother. 



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