"Scenes From A Park" will be presented at 2 and 7 pm on Saturday, March 16. Reserved tickets are $20.00 for adults and $12.00 for students and seniors and are available online at MyNorthTickets or at the door. For more information, call 929-2787. This production is funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Scenes From A Park” is not your typical ballet. It’s more of a Ballet meets Broadway production. The costumes also are not typical of traditional ballet. Instead of tutus and tights, you will see stylish dresses and suits, knickers and vests, military uniforms and even the rags of a bag lady. The ballet is a series of short vignettes telling the story of the colorful characters and everyday occurrences in a city park over the course of a year during the 1940’s. The score is a compilation of songs by Irving Berlin played live by the Laurie Sears Jazz Quartet featuring Steve Stargardt on piano, Jack Dryden on bass, David Collini on drums, Laurie Sears on saxophone, flute and clarinet and conducted by Matthew Schlomer. The youth ballet company features 19 dancers ages 11-22. as well as professional mime Tom Johnson (Toma the Mime) and other special performers. This charming ballet is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, a laugh to your heart and perhaps even a tear to your eye. It will truly be a marvelous experience, combining dance, music and theater.
Artistic Director Thomas Morrell describes the inspiration for the ballet. “While vacationing in Paris several years ago, I found myself people-watching as I sat alone in a small city park. I observed children, an old man, couples, businessmen and fashionable ladies. The one thing they all had in common was that they shared this little microcosm in the midst of a large city. It then occurred to me that this park could be anywhere in the world. People are the same wherever you are.”