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Archive for May 13, 2011

Weekend Preview: Sleeping Beauty

Back in the day, it seems like ballet was something that only a select few people enjoyed. Movies show it as people dressing up in formal wear and calling everying “Daaaaahling” with a British accent.

Now, more and more people are going to, and enjoying, ballet. Just look at how well the movie Swan Lake did. Yeah it didn’t hurt that it had Natalie Portman going bonkers on stage, but people come away talking about the actual ballet too.

Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake  are all by Tchaikovsky*, so if you like one then it stands to reason that you’ll love them all. Plus, Sleeping Beauty is performed by people who are actually from Arizona.  The lead is an amazing 17 year old from Gilbert, rather than someone from New York or LA who flys in and performs, then books it out of town.

We have such an amazing array of talent in Phoenix, and I’m so glad that everyone is getting to see just how great our performers are. So come out and support the local talent, and while you’re at it, bring some non-perishable food and help out Chandler.