City Youth Ballet brings a childhood classic to life

City Youth Ballet brings a childhood classic to life (Image 1)

Down a rabbit hole and into the curious yet fantastical world of a Mad Hatter, a Red Queen, and even a grinning Cheshire Cat.

That’s where the City Youth Ballet will take its audience for its production of “Alice in Wonderland” set for May 30 at 7:30 p.m. and May 31 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Gregory Center for Liberal Arts on the Milligan College campus.

The full-length production, the City Youth Ballet’s 150th, tells in ballet Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale complete with ballerinas dancing as playing cards, flamingos, and hedgehogs.

The audience can expect a full array of colorful costumes and whimsical scenery.

“This production puts the fun in ballet yet shows its power in telling this tale,” says Susan Pace-White, City Youth Ballet’s artistic director.

Guest artist Diamond LaGrave of the Pas De Vie Ballet Company of Tallahassee, Florida, will join the dancers as the Knave of Hearts.

Hannah Thigpen, a Science Hill School student, portrays Alice while Chloe Garbe, a student at Elizabethton High School, dances the role of the Red Queen and Sam Konstantopoulos, a homeschooled student, is the White Rabbit.

Tickets are available at Bear ‘n Friends in the Peerless Centre on North Roan Street in Johnson City and at Party Central, also on North Roan and across from Cootie Browns.

General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 12. A limited number of reserved seats are available at Party Central for $18 for adults and $15 for children.

Tickets also are available at the door. All ticket purchases must be made with cash or check.

For more information, call (423) 434-2195; visit us at http://www.cityyouthballet.org or find us on Facebook.

The White Rabbit and Alice stopped by to chat about the performance with News Channel 11’s Nate Morabito on News Channel 11 at Noon.

The above information was provided by the City Youth Ballet.

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