One of my daughter’s first childhood heroines, right after Dora the Explorer, was Angelina Ballerina. We read all the books by Katherine Holabird and were transported into her world of dancing and youth. We read her books over and over again. When the phase ended, I was disappointed. I liked her innocence, zest for life, her love of the arts.
But this year, the producers of the show moved her experience into the next phase of her life, producing a new show, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps on PBS KIDS. Now, as a 7 year-old, she is equally inspired by this little girl who is now 8 on the show, who like her, loves to dance and wants to share her passion with everyone she comes across.
VITAL THEATRE COMPANY, the award-winning theatre company and producer of the long running family show PINKALICIOUS, THE MUSICAL, and HIT Entertainment, a leading provider of quality children’s entertainment, are pleased to announce the premiere of “ANGELINA BALLERINA™ THE MUSICAL,” with book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo, music by Ben Morss, and directed and choreographed by Sam Viverito based on the famous dancing mouseling and her friends created by Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig. Performances will run in New York City Fridays at 4:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 1 pm from October 2nd, 2010 through January 2nd, 2011, and will tour the United States and Canada in 2011.
Tickets are $29.50. The show is geared towards families with children, ages 3-12. School/Group performances are available at Vital Theatre. For reservations visit www.angelinathemusical.com or call (212) 579-0528. VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is located at 2162 Broadway, 4th Floor, at 76th Street, on the Upper West Side.
In ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MUSICAL, Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki, and even their teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy! Angelina and her friends will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and of course, ballet, and they are excited to show off their skills to their famous visitor. Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for? Based on the CG-animated series, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps on PBS KIDS®, ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MUSICAL is a family-friendly show that will have the entire audience dancing in the aisles.
The cast features Amber Coartney, Sarah Elaine Hoffman, Whitney Autumn Meyer, Cassie Okenka, Eric Restivo, Kevin Michael Wade, Amy White and Amanda Yachechak.
The ANGELINA BALLERINA crew includes Director and Choreographer Sam Viverito, Assistant to the Director Lynn Sterling, Set Designer Kyle Dixon, Lighting Designer Michael Gottlieb, Costume Designer Elisabeth Vastola, Musical Director Michael Borth and Production Stage Manager Shani Colleen Murfin.
Starting on October 2nd, ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MUSICAL will run on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 1 pm plus an Angelina Ballerina “PlayDay” performance every Friday at 4:30 pm. The Friday Angelina Ballerina “PlayDay” performances are an opportunity for parents, grandparents, caregivers, children and their friends to enjoy the show together. Health-conscious after-school, pre-dinner snacks will be available for purchase at the theatre for those families on the go.
The Culture Mom is giving away a family pack of FOUR tickets to any “PlayDay” performance on a Friday at 4:30pm!
Disclosure: These tickets are being provided to this blog free of charge for the giveaway, with no requirement or agreement of review requested in turn. This is a Vital Theatre Company Production.