Being unemployed means having limited funds, so when a friend suggested we see Richmond Ballet's Cinderella, I declined for the sake of my wallet.
Not necessary as it turns out, because the Ballet makes a number of tickets to each performance available for ten dollars.
Even I can afford a $10 ticket, so off we went for opening night.
Our seats were in the Grand Tier, front row and off to the left.
The view was really quite good, especially for what we paid.
The performance itself was enjoyable, although I could have used fewer children from the School of the Richmond Ballet as filler.
At times, their presence felt rather gratuitous and they seemed to be mainly occupying space on the stage.
But the age-old tale of Cinderella was delightful and the sets were especially beautiful.
This production uses a male and a female in the roles of the stepsisters, so there was much hilarity in all scenes involving them.
It had been a few years since I'd last seen Cinderella, so I was able to enjoy it with fresh eyes...and absolutely no guilt about the cost.
As a bonus, it was Valentine's Day Eve, so it was wonderful to get a big dose of fairy tale romance to kick off the weekend.
Some of us still long for happily ever after.