Cincinnati Ballet launches new annual family series with Beauty and The Beast

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Cincinnati Ballet is proud to announce a new, annual Family Series, with its inaugural offering of Beauty and the Beast. The production features the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company, with dancers from the new Professional Training Division, and students from Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. Beauty and the Beast comes to the Aronoff Center complete with six performances from April 6 to 8, and a special sensory-friendly performance on Sunday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m.

Cincinnati Ballet’s new Family Series is the perfect introduction to ballet for audiences of all ages, with dazzling costumes and sets, and guided narration, so that even the youngest members of the audience can understand the story that is being told on stage.

Parents and children are also invited to arrive early at the Aronoff Center to take part in several fun, interactive activities that will be available throughout the lobby, with a special focus on learning more about dance, costumes and scenery.  The purpose is to make the entire ballet-going experience one that is compelling and informative for even the youngest of audience members.

The Cincinnati Ballet Family Series will continue as an ongoing, annual event in the seasons ahead, allowing patrons the opportunity to create a lasting ballet tradition with family and friends (as with the ballet’s iconic holiday classic, The Nutcracker).

“The introduction of our new Family Series not only provides the perfect introduction to the artistry of ballet, but it also provides main stage performing opportunities for our Second Company dancers and invaluable experience for our Academy students and families,” says Second Company Director, Suzette Boyer Webb.

Cincinnati Ballet is proud to continue its sensory-friendly offerings with this production of Beauty and the Beast. The 10:30 a.m. sensory-friendly performance on Sunday, April 8 is designed to create an experience that is welcoming and inviting to any patron or child with sensory sensitivities or specific needs. Accommodations include gentle lighting and sound, increased staffing with on-hand specialists, and a flexible, open-door theater environment with designated spaces where parents and children can take a break from the performance.

The whimsical and timeless Beauty and the Beast ballet is based on the original fairy tale, as told in the late 18th century by Charles Perrault. It follows Beauty and her tragic Beast in a legendary fable of promise, friendship, and love, and is appropriate for any age. The beloved tale is performed in one hour and fifteen minutes, with choreography by Pamela Robinson-Harris and Peggy Dolkas.  Bright and beautiful costumes were created by Costume Production Director at Ballet West, David Heuvel, and immense and engulfing sets were designed by Ballet West Vice President of Artistic and Production Operations, Michael Currey.

Tickets start at just $20.

Tickets for the sensory-friendly performance are only available via phone. To request admission or additional details, please call Patron Services at 513.621.5282.

PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION

WHO: Cincinnati Ballet Second Company, Professional Training Division Dancers, Otto M. Budig Academy Students

Choreography: Pamela Robinson-Harris and Peggy Dolkas

WHAT:        Beauty and the Beast

WHEN:        Friday, April 6 – 7:30 pm

                   Saturday, April 7 – 10:30 am, 2:00 pm, & 5:30 pm

                   Sunday, April 8 – 10:30 am**, 1:30 pm & 4:30 pm

                   **Sensory-friendly Performance

WHERE:       Procter & Gamble Hall

                   Aronoff Center for the Arts

                   650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

HOW:          Call 513.621.5282, visit cballet.org, or

                   visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway

 

Alex ReillyCULTURE