I remember it like it was yesterday. My Mom took me to a
performance of the New York City Ballet, at their summer 'home' at
the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, New York. I think
I was six years old. I recall wearing a new dress and
strolling with Mom on the lawn at the outdoor amphitheater. I'll
have to ask her if we had seats under cover - I think so. Odd that
I don't recall the ballet they performed, but I'll never forget the
feeling of the warm sun on my face or how excited I felt, in
anticipation of the performance.
I can hardly wait for this Saturday, when I'll get to take my
daughter to her first Ballet! It'll be her 9th birthday,
so that will make it extra special. Funny, but she's performed in a
ballet (two years ago she danced the role of a "Barbaloot" in the
Naperville Park District's adaptation of "The Lorax") but never
seen one for herself.
The Midwest Ballet Theatre, a not-for profit corporation and
pre-professional ballet company, is presenting its full-length
original story ballet "Peter Pan" on Saturday, March 6, 2010,
and Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 1:30 PM at the Tivoli Theatre,
located at 5021 Highland Avenue in downtown Downers
The performance will feature Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, The Croc
and the rest of the gang when the MBT showcases their unsurpassed
young talent. The ballet will be set to a score by Bizet, Grieg
& Auber, with choreography by MBT artistic director Mim
Eichmann. Based on the original tale by J.M. Barrie, the ballet
performed by the Midwest Ballet troupe premiered in
1989. MBT's "Peter Pan" has since been in the Company
repertoire and reportedly charmed thousands of area children for
over two decades!
Tickets are $13 for adults and $12 for seniors/students and
children. All seating is open, with running time of
approximately 1 hr. 20 minutes. For additional information, you may
Jennifer DuBose, M.S., C.A.S., is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Batavia.
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