Children as young as 3 are in for an Easter holiday treat when English National Ballet and English National Ballet School present, My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty at Norwich Theatre Royal on April 8th and 9th.
With 5 performances over two days, the show offers an ideal opportunity for parents to introduce their little ones to the magic of both, theatre and ballet. The production is a re-imagined version of the classic fairy-tale ballet created especially for small children and is adapted to an hour in length with a narrator to help young audiences follow the story. It is performed by second year students of the English National Ballet School and provides them with valuable rehearsal and performance experience within a touring company.
My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Aurora, who as a baby is cursed by the evil Carabosse and on her 16th birthday is destined to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. Fortunately, her godmother, the Lilac Fairy, alters the spell so Aurora will not die but will sleep for 100 years, only to be awoken by true love’s kiss.
Choreographed by English National Ballet associate artist George Williamson, former student of English National Ballet School, this production of Sleeping Beauty is part of the My First Ballet series which is now in its fifth year. Over 150,000 people have so far enjoyed the series which has included the titles Swan Lake, Coppelia and Cinderella.
“It’s wonderful to be working on the My First Ballet series, and I’m proud that English National Ballet and English National Ballet School are leading the way in developing tailor made ballet productions for children. It’s a privilege to be creating this production of Sleeping Beauty, which is likely to be the first experience of ballet for children all over the country – I hope they will leave the performance feeling inspired, with a sense of the magic of ballet and its power to tell a story.”
The series forms part of the high quality training English National Ballet School has sought to provide to talented young dancers since it was founded in 1988 by English National Ballet.
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Performances are at 1pm and 5pm on Friday, April 8, and at 11am, 2pm and 5pm on Saturday, April 9.