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The School of the New Bedford Ballet will present its 28th annual full length ballet, the premiere of The Secret Garden, at the Zeiterion Theatre on Saturday, June 7, at 2pm and 8pm. Based on the 1911 classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden is a touching, family friendly ballet, created by New Bedford Ballet’s artistic director, Rebecca Waskiel-Marchesseault, with choreography by Ms. Waskiel-Marchesseault, James Brown and Lauren Knightly.
The ballet tells the story of Mary Lennox (Anya Krause, Dartmouth High School senior), a young girl who is sent to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (James Brown, NBB instructor), after her parents pass away from cholera. Mary is a sullen girl, and the realization that she is unwanted by her uncle adds to her displeasure of life. However, the people around Mary – the caretaker of Mr. Craven’s estate, Ben Weatherstaff (Michael Williams, New Bedford); the maid, Martha (Ashley St. Julien, resident of New Bedford and Bishop Stang High School senior); and Martha’s brother, animal-charmer Dickon (Brooke Spencer, Dartmouth High School junior); slowly break through Mary’s defenses. But it’s the walled off garden that has been locked away since the death of Mr. Craven’s wife, Lily (Kibi Williams Brown, New Bedford High School senior), that ignites Mary’s interest in life. The garden, lifeless from years of neglect, will literally come to life in this production, with animals and flowers danced by New Bedford Ballet students, ages five through eighteen.
The creative choreography and colorful sets and costumes easily become metaphors for the welcome warmth of the upcoming summer months, which will arrive on the tail of a chilling New England winter. Bringing this classical piece of children’s literature to the stage as a ballet will capture the hearts of audience members, as they remember that regardless of the hardships that life sends your way, there are multiple gifts waiting to be discovered.
This performance is being sponsored by Southeastern Development Company, LLC (Gold sponsor), Hawthorn Medical Associates (Bronze sponsor), Thermax Inc. (Bronze sponsor) and Colonial Shutterworks (Bronze Sponsor). Reserved seating tickets are $20, and general admission prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $8 for children 12 years and younger. Special group rates are available for non-profit organizations.
For over 25 years, the non-profit New Bedford Ballet has continued its mission of keeping the performing arts alive in our community. To learn more about the New Bedford Ballet, including child and adult classes and community programs, visit their website, www.newbedfordballet.org. To purchase tickets, please contact New Bedford Ballet at 508-993-1387.
July 7th – 11th
9:00am – 11:45am
Ages 3 – 10
Location: New Bedford Ballet
Each day, the children will have a creative ballet class, learn dances and create crafts and props related to this year’s historical doll theme. A snack will be provided.
On Friday, the parents are welcome to come from 11:00am-11:45am to see a presentation of the dances learned throughout the week and view the crafts and props that the children made.
If you are interested please let us know by May 24th so we can plan appropriately. Space is limited.
Please do not miss this wonderful documentary of A New England Nutcracker created by the Raynham Channel.
Full length performance of the December 8, 2013 show.
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