Production is a thing of beauty

November 25, 2016

Isabella Pellegrino, Nicola Coats, Harry Watson, Olivia Lear, (front) Gemma Cerasi, Emily Bolton and Lauren Fichera.

Alick Jarvis plays the King's advisor.

Senior guests Chelsea Hal beaming with the baby Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.

Herald played by Sal Rigano.

Nicole Nappa plays the queen in Sleeping Beauty.

Olivia Jackson (front) and Brianna Shields (back).

Fairy of grace played by Lauren Fichera.

Isabella Pellegrino as the Fairy of Passion.

Lilac Fairy played by Emily Bolton.

Sleeping Beauty will be brought to life this weekend by dancers from Goulburn Valley Academy of Ballet.

The well-known fairytale will begin following four short dances that will open the academy’s annual end-of-year concerts tomorrow and Sunday at Eastbank.

Academy principal Melanie Coats said the traditional ballet story and choreographic style had been adopted by the dancers, with some small adjustments to suit younger performers.

‘‘This ballet has incredible music by Tchaikovsky and lots of opportunities for dancers with many solos and group dancers,’’ Mrs Coats said. ‘‘The cast are really looking forward to it.’’

The ballet will feature Nicola Coats as Aurora, Ali White and Isabella Pellegrino as Carabosse, Harry Watson as the prince and Alick Jarvis as the king’s adviser.

The academy’s jazz dancers will perform vibrant and energetic dances in a separate performance called The British Invasion.

Music includes songs by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who and Dusty Springfield.

‘‘Students and teachers have worked hard to develop and prepare a diverse and entertaining concert and are confident it will delight people of all ages,’’ Mrs Coats said.

Tickets for Goulburn Valley Academy of Ballet’s Saturday and Sunday 2pm performances are still available from Riverlinks.

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