The Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association will present “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Firebird” on Saturday.
You will also have a chance to meet “Belle” and her royal friends at the Princess Tea Party on Saturday.
Both events are at Oak Ridge High School. The Princess Tea Party is Saturday morning, April 8, and the shows are Saturday afternoon and evening.
“Beauty and the Beast,” is the classic tale of an arrogant prince who is turned into a hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return, a press release said. Directed and choreographed by Sharon Nicklow-Cousins and Sarah Jett, the talented dancers of the Civic Ballet bring to life Belle, the Beast, and their castle servants.
“The whole family will enjoy the ballet as our gifted dancers enter the world of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’” said Christy Rickman, ORCBA president.
Fun for the whole family, the Princess Tea Party will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 8 in the Oak Ridge High School cafeteria, the press release said. Each participant will enjoy admission to the 2 p.m. ballet, delicious treats, special princess crafts, a lovely tiara, and a photo with Belle for only $25, the release said. In addition, you will receive 50 percent off an additional ticket for the show.
“We encourage everyone to dress as their favorite princess to meet Belle and her royal friends while enjoying scrumptious brunch at the Princess Tea Party before the show,” Rickman said.
“The Firebird,” directed and choreographed by Molly Koon Quist, features the music of Igor Stravinsky and offers a wonderful double feature for the Oak Ridge community to enjoy, the press release said.
Tickets are on sale now at www.cmajor.net, or they may be purchased at the door.
The feature shows at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center are Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for these shows are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Ask about the “Penny for the Arts” special offer for up to three students with the purchase of an adult ticket.
A special school performance featuring one act only from “Beauty and the Beast” will take place on Friday, April 7, at 10 a.m. Tickets for this show are $5 at the door for all seats, the press release said.
The performance is made possible by the generosity of the Arts Council of Oak Ridge, Penny 4 Arts, and the Dance Centre, the release said.
Organized in 1963, the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association is the oldest continuously chartered nonprofit dance organization in Tennessee. ORCBA’s goal is to provide an opportunity to enjoy the arts for dancers and individuals through classic ballet, modern, character, and ethnic dance forms. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.orcba.org.
This press release was submitted by Valarie Emery.