This spring and summer the City Parks Puppet Mobile will present free performances of “Cinderella Samba” in parks across the five boroughs in New York City.

“Cinderella Samba” is a contemporary twist on the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale. The production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro’s biggest Carnival gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself. After Cinderella is forced to flee the gala just before midnight, the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart, in hopes of marrying her.

The production features an original commissioned musical soundtrack that brings samba center-stage; handcrafted Carnival festival floats on parade; and one-of-a-kind marionettes donning their most vibrant Carnival costumes, created by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park.

The show coincides with the tail end of centennial anniversary celebrations taking place this year to commemorate samba’s origination in Brazil in late 1916.

The show runs from May 1 to early fall 2017. To find out more information on the date, time and locations of all performances click the link: www.cityparksfoundation.org/events/category/puppetmobile/