Forget “poor Cinderella,” the much abused but ever optimistic girl at the beck and call of her evil stepmother and stepsisters. In Stanton Welch’s version of Cinderella, she’s smart, sassy and determined. “What always bothered me about the story was this concept that you had to rely on some mythical man or woman to come and rescue you,” Welch says in an online interview. “I wanted to create a Cinderella who had choices.” And choices abound, since this Cinderella has a twist. There’s another man in the picture besides the Prince. Houston Ballet’s Cinderella is “feisty, and a real firecracker,” says Welch. “A real Texas woman.”

Besides featuring a plucky protagonist, Welch’s version of Cinderella weaves minotaurs, ghosts and lions into the dark fabric of the ballet. Expect a Gothic set and sumptuous costumes by Kristian Fredrikson, all of which lend the story an air of the macabre. 7:30 p.m. February 25. Through March 4. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For a full schedule, call 713-227-4872 or visit $18 to $148.
Thu., Feb. 23; Sat., Feb. 25; Sun., Feb. 26; Fri., March 2; Sat., March 3; Sun., March 4, 2012


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