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Santa Clarita Ballet Company presents 'Tales of Beatrix Potter' at SC Performing Arts Center

Two Performances: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20

Posted: June 18, 2009 2:36 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2009 6:00 a.m.

Dancers of the Santa Clarita Ballet Company perform in "G Song" during the 2008 June program at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons.

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The Santa Clarita Ballet Company presents "Tales of Beatrix Potter," "Dvorak's Serenade" and "G Song/B Side" Saturday at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons in two performances, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

If you think you "can't have it all" The Santa Clarita Ballet Company would like to kindly disagree.

The Santa Clarita Valley's semi-professional ballet company will offer a family-friendly program of ballet for all ages and tastes Saturday at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons.

The two-act program will be presented at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Carol Guidry, artistic director of the Santa Clarita Ballet Company, said the program was designed to appeal to everyone, from children to grandparents.

"It's a very well rounded program that shows the breadth of our repertory and of our style," she said.

The first act will be geared for children, with the beloved classic of children's literature "The Tales of Beatrix Potter" brought to life on the PAC's main stage.

"This ballet will feature children from the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy with principal roles being danced by junior members of the ballet company," said Guidry.

The ballet, a staple of the company's repertoire, has been re-costumed.

"All the characters have masks and the costumes are very true to the Beatrix Potter drawings in the books," said Guidry. "I think that will really appeal to kids."

Among the many favorite characters and stories featured in the ballet will be Peter Rabbit and Farmer McGregor, Jeremy Fisher's experiences with a school of fish and Jemima Puddle-Duck run-in with a sly fox.

Other scenes will include "The Tailor of Gloucester," "Tom Kitten and The Roly-Poly Pudding," "The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies," "The Tale of Pigling Bland," "The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse" and "The Tale of The Fierce Bad Rabbit."

"Tales of Beatrix Potter" will feature more than 100 dancers.

"There's no unhappy endings here, and there are good morals to these stories," Guidry said.

Act two will feature more grown-up fare with 13 dancers from the main company of the Santa Clarita Ballet dancing a re-costumed "Dvorak's Serenade."

"The level of dance is very high and extremely good in this ballet," said Guidry.

"Serenade" is a very romantic ballet, said Guidry.

"There's very beautiful music in this ballet. Dvorak took several Czech folk themes and created this piece of wonderful music," she said. "I tried to bring a folk dance element into the chorography. It is a pretty ballet with point shoes, beautiful music, movement and dancing."

Finishing the program will be "G Song/B side" - the company's most contemporary ballet.

"If you're not a classical music fan ‘G Song and B Side' is more fun and hip, it features more contemporary music," said Guidry.

For "B Side" the dancers helped choreograph the piece.

"Much of the choreography was arrived at through improvisation and experimentation," said Guidry. "The dancers that created it that are dancing it."


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