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Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
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This completely original production was the creation of Long Beach Ballet Artistic Director David Wilcox, who wanted the students of Ballet Arts Center to have the opportunity to participate in a full length story ballet.

The story has been slightly adapted to accommodate a large cast, but the original Grimms tale still comes through strong and clear.

After developing the story line to the point that all except the very youngest students in the school could be given a part, Mr. Wilcox then set out to find appropriate music for the ballet. This proved to be a difficult endeavor, as only relatively unknown classical music was to be used. A combination of composers was settled upon, and the final result is a beautifully harmonious and fascinating array of music which more than adequately portrays the vivid characters of Hansel, Gretel, the Mother and Father, the villagers and most importantly the witch (even the town mayor has a special theme).

Lively festive dances fill the first colorful tableaux-blending from scene to scene to the mother’s anguish at having to part with her children, Hansel and Gretel lost in the forest; the frightening yet comical witch and her two tiny helpers, and culminating in a joyous celebration.

This production of “Hansel and Gretel” is the result of much dedicated work on the part of the students, their parents, and many others associated with the Ballet Arts Center.

Long Beach Ballet’s Annual School Performance is held in the Summer. Each of the Annual School Performances has a full-length story ballet as its centerpiece, choreographed and directed by artistic director David Wilcox. All of the students in the Children’s and Professional Divisions participate in this performance, showcasing to family and friends the students’ ever-increasing skills and talents.

This performance incorporates all of the theatrical spectacle to be found in the largest of classical ballet performances, including scenery, special effects, dramatic lighting, and custom designed costumes. The students are given the opportunity to experience the thrill and challenge of being part of a major ballet performance in front of an audience of thousands.

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