There’s a point in Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet, “Cinderella,” when the evil stepsisters believe they’ve won the prince’s favor, because they’re offered oranges.

The fruit was an exotic treat in Russia when Prokofiev was composing his ballet between 1940 and 1944. They were even considered special in the United States at that time.

Winning a woman’s heart through an orange is kind of comical in any era, and it surely will have audiences laughing when the Tri-Parish Ballet brings its production to local libraries, retirement centers and day camps beginning Monday.

“The stepsisters are always funny in this ballet,” said Wendy Bibby, the company’s director. “This is our third time to perform ‘Cinderella’ on tour, and it’s always fun.”

Tri-Parish’s cast of 17 ranges in age from 6 to 18 and draws from Livingston, Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes with Amanda White and Mary Kathryn McCleary splitting the role of Cinderella and Dillon Songy and Morris Area sharing the role of the prince.

Again, it’s time for the fairy godmother to grant Cinderella’s wish to attend the prince’s ball.

“The mice will be there, helping her with her dress,” Bibby says. “We have a new dress for the ball this year, and the audience will be able to experience all the magic as she changes from her peasant dress to her ball gown.”

And there will be a few surprises.

“The ballet is different from the Disney cartoon,” Bibby says. “Not only do we have a fairy godmother, but there are fairies for the four seasons who help Cinderella, too.”

And, of course, there are the stepsisters with their prized oranges.

“It’s funny,” Bibby repeated. “And it’s fun. And we always talk to the audience after the performance.”

All performances are free. The tour schedule is as follows:

  • 1:30 p.m. Monday, Southside Gardens Retirement Center, 4604 Perkins Road, (225) 922-9923
  • 2:30 p.m. Monday, River Center Branch Library, 120 St. Louis St., (225) 389-4967
  • 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., (225) 763-2240
  • 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jones Creek Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road, (225) 756-1140
  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, Pride Branch Library, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road, Pride, (225) 658-1540
  • 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., Zachary, (225) 658-1840
  • 10 a.m. Thursday, July 16, Main Branch Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., (225) 231-3740.
  • 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16, Central Branch Library, 720 Terrace St., (225) 389-7440
  • 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road, (225) 274-4440
  • 10 a.m. Friday, July 17, Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Highway, (225) 924-9385
  • 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road, (225) 231-3240
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, Livingston Parish Library Main Branch, 20390 Iowa St., Livingston, (225) 686-2436
  • 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, Albany-Springfield Branch Library, 26941 La. 43, Hammond, (225) 567-1441
  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, Denham Springs-Walker Branch Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs, (225) 665-8118
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, Watson Branch Library, 36581 Outback Road, Denham Springs, (225) 664-3963
  • 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23, South Branch Library, 23477 La. 444, Livingston, (225) 698-3015