Monday, March 2, 2009

Adventure and intrigue in the land of Oz

Petit Papillon will perform, "The Lost Princess of Oz," March 28, at the Concord City Auditorium with performances at 2 and 7 p.m.
This ballet which premiered in March 2000 is based on one of the 12 original stories by L. Frank Baum and is the result of a creative collaboration of multiple New Hampshire artists. The musical score was written especially for Petit Papillon by Emmy award nominee, Ward Dilmore of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Choreography for the ballet is by Patricia Walker and Kelly Doremus Stuart and the costumes for this production have been created by Cynthia Capodestria with giants by Martha Lovejoy. Cast members for this production represent the communities of Concord, Bow, Hopkinton, Henniker, Pembroke, and Sanbornton.
After the very successful premier of this piece, Petit Papillon traveled to London, England in April 2001 to perform the work in theaters where it was highly acclaimed. The story has some of the same characters as the more familiar "Wizard of Oz" and introduces many new friends of Dorothy’s as well as the wicked magician Ugu. The ballet is an exciting adventure, involving wizardry, and travel through the lands of giants, teddy bears, merry-go- round mountains and much more. Members the ballet theater are joined by younger students of Petit Papillon School of Ballet to tell the story of a search for the missing princess and a magic dishpan.
The ballet will appeal to young and old alike. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children and seniors and are on sale at Gibson’s Bookstore, 27 South Main St. in Concord, at Ballard’s Novelty and Party Shop, 7 Broadway St. in Concord, and the studios of Petit Papillon, in the Green Street Community Center, 39 Green St. in Concord. Group rates are available.

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