This year, Ballet Arkansas is pleased to present a series of specialized programming designed for children, which take place on the Saturday Matinee during Ballet Arkansas' Fall, Winter, and Spring shows. Launched in the Fall of 2017 with the beloved Peter and the Wolf, these children's ballets are interactive, educational, and paired with arts and crafts, live performance interaction, and meet and greets with the professional dancers in the cast.
For one afternoon only, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m., Ballet Arkansas is excited to present their second children's show of the year, a brand new ballet set to Benjamin Britten's popular The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.
This narrated and interactive production is an enjoyable experience for the whole family, and a fun way to introduce children of all ages to the joys of music education and the beauty of classical dance. With each dancer representing a different instrument and section of the orchestra, this ballet is a visual way for kids to understand the components of the orchestra. The audience gets to see the sound of music come to life, and watch a symphony being built before their eyes.
While the performance begins at 2 p.m., Ballet Arkansas encourages you to come early to participate in a coloring contest, arts and crafts, face painting and other activities. After the show, the audience will get to meet the professional dancers of Ballet Arkansas and take photographs with the cast. A perfect length for younger audiences, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is approximately 25 minutes long, and the full experience rounds out to be about an hour, making this a wonderful treat for the Valentine's Day Weekend. Check out all the exciting upcoming events and performances, including Tour de Force, at www.balletarkansas.org. Visit www.uaptc.edu/ballet to purchase your tickets to The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra or Tour de Force, today.
Sat., Feb. 17, 2 p.m.
UA Pulaski Tech Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS Theater)