It is a first for Cache Valley, an adaptation of the popular fairy tale Hansel and Gretel will be performed by the Cache Valley Civic Ballet. It opens Friday, March 20 and continues Saturday and Monday at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Ellen Eccles Theatre.
Director and Choreographer Pamela Kirschman says the ballet will be done by members of the Junior Company with the dancers between eight and 13 years of age. She says they will perform the traditional story of Hansel and Gretel who get sent into the woods when they don’t complete their chores and end up losing their way.
“When they wake up in the morning they find this beautiful gingerbread house in the middle of the forest,” Kirschman says. “They are pretty amazed by it. Then there is a bunch of candy that comes out and dances for them. So we have a bunch of candy kid dancers in it.
“Then we’ve got the witch that comes out, of course a very frightening witch played by Kevin Nakatani who is a fantastic local performer here. He also performs with the opera company in the summer.”
Kirschman says the event offers a double feature. Following Hansel and Gretel the ballet company will perform Act II of Paquita where the heroine is a young gypsy girl. Kirschman calls Paquita, “pure classical ballet.”
Sandy Emile is founder and artistic director of the Cache Valley Civic Ballet. Kirschman has been a performer, choreographer and director here and at other locations for more than 20 years.