an actress portraying cinderella sitting on the stage

Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella Story

February 2, 2023 - February 4, 2023 | Polsky Theatre

Past Event

Grades K-6

Using everyday objects, 10-year-old Belinda recreates the classic tale of Cinderella. This captivating retelling tackles cultural heritage, family and the power of language.

Glass Half Full Theatre from Austin, Texas, presents its award-winning “story within a story” using puppetry, Spanish and English. As Belinda confronts her stepmother and stepsisters, she’ll learn to stand up for herself while embracing her love of poetry. This captivating Cinderella for all ages tackles cultural heritage, family and the power of language.

Glass Half Full Theatre was lauded by the Austin-American Statesman for an “inventive blend of puppetry and physical storytelling that employs gestures and expressions in tandem with props and sets to convey the narrative along with a variety of puppetry techniques.” The company creates original works for youth and adults, with a focus on social and environmental justice.

The theatre has received B. Iden Payne Awards for direction, design, writing, acting, puppetry and visionary innovation, and Austin Critics Table Awards for design, acting and best new play. The company follows the rigorous physical theatre training of Jacques Lecoq and employs sophisticated puppetry forms, including tabletop, shadow puppetry, body puppetry, hand and rod, Czech marionette and object puppetry. 

Its original works, including “Petra and the Wolf,” “Once There Were Six Seasons,” “Cenicienta” and “The Orchid Flotilla,” have toured nationally. Glass Half Full is known for its "precise, engaging, and humorous" approach to real-world issues that enable audiences to experience complex ideas and imaginative solutions.

“Cenicienta” was originally created and presented at the Zach Theatre in collaboration with Teatro Vivo and Glass Half Full Theatre. The role of Belinda was originated by Gricelda Silva.

Written by Caroline Reck and Rupert Reyes.

Original Music Composition by Ammon Taylor.