Archive for Sunday, November 5, 2000

Young dancers take on Grimms tales

November 5, 2000


Deborah Bettinger, director of the Lawrence Arts Center's Youth Ballet Company, was faced with a challenge when she decided to merge the stories of Snow White and Rose Red.

Each of the stories, penned by the Grimms brothers, called for a prince who would live happily ever after with the title heroine. The company is made up of 33 youths ages 8 to 17, but only one of the dancers is a boy.

So Bettinger tinkered with the fairy tales so only one prince would be needed.

"I have a dream ballet where both (Snow White and Rose Red) dream they are dancing with the prince," she said.

"Snow White and Rose Red: A Grimms Fairy Tale" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the arts center, 200 W. Ninth St. Admission is on a donation basis at the door.

In story of Snow White, a beautiful young woman is living with seven dwarfs. She falls into a deep sleep when she bites into an apple poisoned by the evil queen, and is awaken when a handsome prince kisses her.

In the story of Rose Red, the heroine follows a bear into the woods. She rescues a dwarf, but instead of being thankful, he is rude to her. She eventually ends up with the dwarf's riches, and the bear turns into a handsome prince.

The Youth Ballet Company's presentation is about 45 minutes.

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