Mistreated and oppressed by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters Slarinda and Thisbe, Cinderella's life is full of hardship and suffering. One day the Prince and Dandini, the Prince's servant and friend, arrive at Cinderella's house with a special invitation to the ball. Sadly Cinderella is made to stay at home and clean. She goes to the forest to visit her mother's grave in tears, when suddenly her Fairy Godmother appears. With help form forest nymphs and fauns, the Fairy Godmother casts her spell and Cinderella is magically transformed ready to go to the ball.
She arrives at the ball in a beautiful dress, and attention is drawn to her, including that of the handsome Prince. He charms her and very soon, falling in love, they dance the night away, until the clock strikes midnight and the party comes to an end. Losing one shoe as she exits the ball, she returns to her downtrodden way of life.
Cinderella has managed to keep hold of her other pretty shoe and is musing on her wonderful adventure.
Her stepmother, Clarinda and Thisbe return home and taunt her with stories of the Prince. They are soon interrupted by the Prince and Dandini with the shoe. The sisters are desperate to try the shoe, to no avail. The men are about to leave when Dandini remembers the servant girl, she must also try the shoe. Of course it fits and Cinderella and the Prince are happily united.