This morning on KSEE Sunrise we met some of the dancers who will perform in the upcoming Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ballet featuring the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara. The classical ballet will include more than 45 local dancers.
Valley Performing Arts Council (VPAC) will sponsor a public performance of the children’s favorite Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ballet as part of its 2008-2009 season. Appearing in Fresno for the first time, the performance will be held February 28 at 2pm at the William Saroyan Theatre. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will feature seven international dancers and three distinguished Russian professional dancers from the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara. Adult ticket prices range from $25-$45 and children ages 12 and under are $25. Tickets are available by calling: VPAC 559-222-7100, Fresno Convention Center 559-445-8200 or through Ticketmaster.com. Group discounts are also available.
The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ballet is based on the story Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs written by the Grimm Brothers published in 1812. The performance, full of theatrical magic, includes colorful scenery, costumes – and more.
VPAC also offers local ballet students the opportunity to share the stage alongside the professional ballet company. Auditions were held in June and over 45 students were selected to perform. Rehearsals began in August.
Founded in 1994 and under the artistic direction of Rodney Gustafson, the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara tours nationally and internationally. Original touring productions include “Carmen”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Ballroom” and “The Nutcracker”. The dance company combines the rigors and timeless beauty of classical technique with updated special effects and digital technology, producing original works that satisfy today’s diverse audiences. Each summer the company runs Summer Intensive, a national workshop that attracts emerging performers and choreographers.
Established in 1997, Valley Performing Arts Council’s primary mission is to bring professional classical performing arts to the Central Valley. VPAC offers the general public, local dancers and school children the opportunity to see a professional level of ballet and classical music, thus creating a greater understanding of the classical performing arts.