Metropolitan Ballet Company launches its 2016-17 season with its annual Family Concert Series, featuring four performances of The Rainbow Fish and Sleeping Beauty, Act III, on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, 2016. Performances at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday will be held at The Josephine Muller Auditorium at Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Running time for each show is approximately 90 minutes, including one intermission. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and may be purchased online at www.metropolitanballetcompany.org or by calling 215-663-1665. Schools and groups are welcome.
Metropolitan Ballet is a nonprofit regional dance company that has earned wide acclaim for its high quality performances. The Company first presented The Rainbow Fish, based on the beloved children’s tale by Marcus Pfister (©1992 North South Books, Inc.) and choreographed by Jennifer Sommers, in 2006. Sleeping Beauty, Act III, featuring a storybook kingdom with choreography after Petipa, had its Company premiere in 2004. Together in one family-friendly program, these two dances will delight all ages. “The Family Concert Series is designed to be a dance performance for all generations—a community cultural event that children, parents and even grandparents call all enjoy together. Our dancers are excited to perform these children’s classics,” says the Company’s Founder and Artistic Director, Lisa Collins Vidnovic.
Adding to the family fun is the annual Family Concert Series Tea Party event held between the 1 pm and 4 pm shows on Sunday, November 20 in the Abington Friends School Library. In keeping with the theme of The Rainbow Fish, families are invited to enjoy “Tea under the Sea” from 2:30 to 3:45 pm, featuring a reading of the book plus games and refreshments. Children are welcome to come in sea-themed costumes. A $35 ticket includes Tea Party admission to the Tea Party plus one seat for any Family Concert Series performance.
“While giving our dancers valuable performance experience, Metropolitan’s Family Concert Series is a wonderful way for families and schools to introduce children to dance, with fully-produced story ballets that delight and inspire, performed by highly talented student dancers including boys from our renowned Boys’ Scholarship Program,” says Vidnovic. “The Series is part of our mission to bring high quality dance to our community, to help people of all ages develop a love and appreciation for dance and the arts. We are grateful to the Matthews Children’s Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and our many donors who make these productions possible, and we welcome all to enjoy them.”
About Metropolitan Ballet Company
Metropolitan Ballet Company is a pre-professional dance company affiliated with Metropolitan Ballet Academy, a classical dance studio founded by Lisa Collins Vidnovic that in two decades has earned recognition from Pointe magazine as one of “seven local studios in America cultivating top talent” (November 2011) and has trained dance artists who now perform with professional companies across America. More than 100 Metropolitan students have earned highest honors at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) and/or scholarships for intensive study with many prestigious ballet companies nationwide. Learn more at www.metropolitanballetcompany.org.
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