Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) will open its season on Saturday, November 22nd & Sunday, November 23rd with a family-oriented program featuring one of the most enduring fairy tales of all time, Hansel & Gretel. Created for Metropolitan in 2009 by highly acclaimed New York City choreographer Kanji Segawa, with stage designs by NYC set designer Adam Riggar and costumes by Elena Comendador, this vivid and memorable story ballet follows the adventures of the clever Hansel and his brave sister Gretel, as they foil the witch’s evil plans, and in the best fairy tale tradition, live happily ever after.
Marius Petipa’s celebrated Le Jardin Animé (The Animated Garden), from the second act of the great classical ballet Le Corsaire and The Sailors, an athletic folk dance for boys as staged by the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble’s Artistic Director, Taras Lewyckyj, will complete this action-packed program that will appeal to all audiences, both young and young at heart.
Performances will be held at 1:00pm and 4:00pm on Saturday, November 22nd and at 1:00pm and 4:00pm on Sunday, November 23rd at the Josephine Muller Auditorium at Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Running time of the program is one hour and 30 minutes, including one intermission.
MBC also invites families to join us for “All Things Ginger”, a Special Family Concert Event. Celebrate the fall season with ginger treats, autumn refreshments, and opportunities to meet cast members from Hansel and Gretel. Delicious treats, music and fun will abound! The “All Things Ginger” event will take place on both Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 23rd at 2:30pm each day, at the Faulkner Library at Abington Friends School. The $35 admission includes both the “All Things Ginger” Event and a Saturday or Sunday Ballet Performance.
Metropolitan Ballet’s Family Concert Series continues to enchant young families by bringing popular stories to the stage. Previous ballets performed in MBC’s Family Concert Series have included Tea for Ruby, Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly, The Rainbow Fish, Peter Pan, Cinderella and Coppélia.
MBC is noted for its high-caliber faculty, rigorous performing schedule, alumni, and acclaimed Boys’ Scholarship Dance Program, which provides tuition-free training for more than 50 boys ages 7 through 18. Metropolitan Ballet has been recognized “one of the top places to see ballet in Philadelphia” (CBS / Arts and Culture, June 2012) and “as one of seven ballet studios across America producing major talent” (Pointe , November 2011). MBC recently won first place in the Ensembles Category of the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semi-Finals in Philadelphia.