Who’s Who in Wheeldon’s Cinderella
Meet our headstrong heroine, dashing prince, and mysterious spirits
Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella* is part of SF Ballet’s 2023 Repertory Season. It will be performed in Program 6, from Mar 31–Apr 8, 2023.
Cinderella is our heroine. She’s beautiful, clever, and a little too headstrong for her own good, but it’s her sweet spirit that ultimately charms the prince.
Likes: Trees, golden slippers, a truly clean home.
Dislikes: Ashes, siblings, clocks.
Prince Guillaume is in a pickle: his parents want him to marry and he’s just not emotionally ready. But a prince of the realm must do what a prince of the realm must do. The only answer is to have a ball and invite every possible bachelorette from near and far.
Likes: Drinking with his best friend Ben.
Dislikes: When people call him Wills, Willy, or Bill.
King Albert and Queen Charlotte
The rulers of our imaginary Francophone country, Albert and Charlotte just really wish that Guillaume would grow up and take some responsibility for his life—or at least stop making trouble with the dancing master’s son Benjamin.
Likes: Absolute power.
Dislikes: Peter Pan.
Cinderella’s nerdy younger stepsister, who maybe, just maybe, isn’t all evil.
Likes: Reading, journaling, and hiding from her older sister.
Dislikes: Visits to the optometrist and her family.
Edwina puts the evil in evil stepsister.
Likes: Tormenting those weaker than her.
Dislikes: Anyone having anything that she doesn’t have.
Evil stepmother or just looking out for her biological children’s best interests? Depends on who you ask.
Likes: Edwina. Clementine, on occasion. Having servants.
Dislikes: Financial insecurity. Cinderella.
Poor Cindy’s dad doesn’t seem to have a name—or much of a backbone. Though he loves his child, his love for wife #2 seems to outweigh that from time to time—or for several years.
Likes: Both Cinderella and Hortensia. Presumably Wife #1 as well.
The son of Madame Mansard—the dancing master—Benjamin grows up with Guillaume at the palace. Often left to play second fiddle, he finally gets a chance to find love of his own.
Likes: Squash, polo, ballroom dancing.
Dislikes: Being referred to as “the dancing master’s son.”
Manifestations of Cinderella’s mother’s love, the Fates guide our heroine throughout her life—though, it sure seems like they could have interceded before she became a full-on servant in her own home.
Likes: Cinderella, large trees, graveyards.
The Fairy Godmother
The Fairy Godmother is the one who gets Cindy ready for the ball…not! No fairy godmothers here—the Fates and the giant tree that grows out of Cindy’s mother’s grave take care of all godmother-like duties.
Dislikes: Being excluded from this story.
Cinderella runs March 31–April 8, 2023
Header Image: San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon’s Cinderella© // © Erik Tomasson
*Cinderella© by Christopher Wheeldon