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Beauty and the Beast Ballet

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We’re all familiar with the tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast but for a change of pace try seeing it in a ballet. It is the story that beautifully demonstrates that it’s what’s on the inside not the outside that’s most important but don’t expect to see dancing cups and candles here. What you can expect is a familiar story with both known and new characters.

Inspired by the original fairy tale written in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, the Inland Pacific Ballet’s unique interpretation is the real beauty. Set to classical music by Dvorak, Shostakovich, Massenet, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Glazunov the ballet was as elegant as you expect a good ballet to be. I found myself completely absorbed with the beauty of it all, the gorgeous sets, the stunning costumes, and of course the graceful movement of ballet.

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The first scene is riveting as we watch the beast raise from the floor each muscle movement seemingly a dance in itself. We are surprised and delighted as we watch beauty in the enchanted forest where she encounters vicious wolves and whimsical fairies. And of course we are touched the moment Beauty realizes that she loves the Beast.
Unlike the famous movie or stage show, this show has new characters and scenes mingled in with the familiar. It was so much fun to watch the story unfold in a new way not knowing exactly what was coming next.
I also enjoyed watching the excitement of many little princesses who came to watch the show. Little girls were dressed in every variation of Beauty imaginable. After the show, the performers gathered in the lobby to sign autographs and take pictures, the longest line naturally was the one to take a picture with Beauty and her handsome prince.

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Though not technically perfect I really loved this performance and would happily see it again. It is definitely worth the drive. With only 5 shows left, be sure to get your tickets now. The ballet will be performing:
April 26-27 at the Bridges Auditorium in Claremont. Tickets may be purchased online

May 10-11 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased online
For additional information on the Inland Pacific Ballet, go to http://www.ipballet.org/index.php

Terri Garcia has been a Southern California girl since the age of two. She has lived in Los Angeles County and both North and South Orange County. A stay-at-home mom and confessed “pinaholic”, she loves all things creative. She believes in giving back and practicing random acts of kindness. She finds joy in creating thoughtful, creative gifts, traveling, historical fiction and most importantly being mom to two very active boys. Similar to the Little Red Hen, she likes to do things herself; although in the end, she will happily share the homemade bread with family and friends.
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