Photo provided by Allet Le Rêve
Mark your calendars for the performance on October 28
An adaptation of the popular childhood story about a white rabbit, a curious little girl and a grinning Cheshire cat will be told through ballet later this month.
“Alice in Wonderland” will be performed by the pre-professional youth ballet company Ballet Le Rêve and accompanied by the Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra on October 28 at the Canton Palace Theatre.
This will be the second time the ballet company and the youth symphony have collaborated for a show. The first time was in 2016, when the symphony provided a reduced ballet score for a gala the ballet held at the Historic Onesto Hotel and Event Center, and then the dancers came to Umstattd Performing Arts Hall to perform during the symphony’s opening concert.
“Everybody was so excited about it, and essentially they said. So we need to do this again sometime,” said Dan Cavalancia Jr., marketing manager for the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
The upcoming production of “Alice in Wonderland” will have about an hour’s worth of music across 18 scenes, which will be provided by the Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra, composed of students in grades nine through 12.
Instead of renting the traditional music for the ballet, symphony staff are creating their own score for the ballet using music that’s in the public domain and should be recognizable to audiences, Cavalancia said.
The ballet company, which is under the direction of Nurzhan Kulybaev, gave a preview performance in August at Gervasi Vineyard, with the ballerinas dressed as butterflies with blue wings and as playing cards.
The ballet will be the first full-length production for the Canal Fulton company and will feature 17 girls ages 12 to 17 as the principal characters, with non-company dancers between the ages of 5 to 11 providing live scenery.
Jamie Molder, president of the board of the nonprofit ballet organization, said the story will look a little different because it has been altered to fit the dancers, though it still will include the same familiar characters.
“We’re just really excited about it,” she said.
“Alice in Wonderland” begins at 2 p.m. October 28 at the Canton Palace Theatre. Tickets are $24 or $29 and are available on the theater’s website.