RIBT'S 2002

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The fairy tale classic about a gingerbread house and a brother and sister captured by a wicked witch will come to life as a story without words as Rhode Island's ballet theatre presents Hansel & Gretel at East Greenwich High School on March 17 at 1 PM and 4 PM.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the company will also present Celtic Reflections, a stirring neo-classical ballet set to contemporary Irish music, and one of the most popular dances in the company's repertoire. Other selections on the program will be 1,2,3 etc., a contemporary piece, and the well-known Adagio Pas de Deux from Act III of Sleeping Beauty.

"A story ballet is acting without words," says Nancy McAuliffe, artistic director. "The dancers communicate through movement and mime. There's no dialogue, just the action of the choreography, the gesture of their bodies, and the feeling the dancers bring to the music and their dance. It's this non-verbal story telling that carries the narrative, yet even youngsters can easily follow the action which makes dance so universally appealing."
The program is designed to appeal to people of all ages, McAuliffe noted. She said Hansel & Gretel is specifically targeted to families with children in order to introduce young people to the magic of dance while Celtic Reflections, 1,2,3 etc., and the Sleeping Beauty Pas de Deux will appeal to parents and older children as well.

"We have something for everybody," she said. "Teens will like the jazzy 1,2,3, romantics of all types will be enchanted with the Sleeping Beauty Pas de Deux, and everyone will leap to the energy and exhilaration of Celtic, one of the most physically demanding dances in our repertoire."

Reserved seating for the show is $15. Special Gold Circle seating in the first eight rows of center is available at $25. Call 401-847-5301 for information or visit

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