"A Trio of Fairy Tales" will be presented by the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company at 7:30 pm. Saturday in the Marietta High School auditorium.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 16 at the ballet office at 1311 Ann St., Parkersburg. Box office hours are 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays or by calling 304-422-5538. Tickets also will be available at the door on the night of the performance.
The ballet is based on three classic fairy tales, "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Frog Prince" and "The Princess and the Pea." It is an original work choreographed by Artistic Director Suzy Gunter of the ballet company.
The ballet opens on a little girl who asks her mother to read her a bedtime story. She soon falls asleep and her mother tucks her in bed as she begins to dream about the stories her mother read her.
In the first scene, Little Red Riding Hood is sent to visit her sick grandmother and is chased by evil trees, saved by tiny fairies and helps her grandmother change the wolf's attitude toward life with the arts.
The next scene shows the Frog Prince finding himself under the spell of an evil sorceress, from which only the kiss of a royal princess can save him.
The third scene begins with a royal ball for the prince who must pick a bride. Princesses are invited from all over the kingdom to attend, but he can't decide. The queen places a small green pea under their mattresses and the most royal princess is the one who can't sleep and will marry the prince.
The cast of the ballet will feature guest artist and ballet company alumnus Jason Tanner as the prince and Kitri Held as the princess in "The Princess and the Pea." Casey Harker and Michael Dillon will dance the leads in "The Frog Prince" and company member Emily Morris will portray Little Red Riding Hood.
Other featured cast members will include Gunter, Jolene Craig, Maria Petrella, Chelsea Cobranchi, Gabrielle Kelley, Rebecca Segrest, Haley Stephens, Jaymee Ferrebee and Jessica Gainer. They will be joined by 40 students from the ballet company Academy of Fine Arts who will perform various children's roles in the ballet.
The ballet company is a professional nonprofit dance group that performs more than 100 concerts, lecture demonstrations and Arts in Education performances each year. It is funded in part by Artsbridge and the United Arts Fund.