WANT TO GO?
Presented by the West Virginia Youth Symphony and River City Youth Ballet
WHERE: Civic Center Little Theater
WHEN: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday
TICKETS: Adults $15, children 18 and under $8, children 3 and under free.INFO: 304-925-3262
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Collaborating can mean adapting creatively to come up with something different. The West Virginia Youth Symphony and the River City Youth Ballet had to get very creative when they decided to come together again for a production of "Cinderella."
The show, which will be performed at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center Little Theater, is put together in an odd way.
The production is based around the repertoire of the youth orchestra. The ballet picks songs the orchestra knows and then builds scenes around that music.
"Sometimes we ask them to alter the music a little," River City Youth Ballet Artistic Director Michelle Raider explained. "We'll have them shorten a selection or go through it twice to work with the scene."
This version of "Cinderella" includes selections from Kabalesky, Vivaldi, Wagner and Beethoven.
Both sides have to have a certain amount of flexibility to make the show work. For "Cinderella," aside from adapting the music, the two companies had to adapt to the space they were using.
"It's a very big space," West Virginia Youth Symphony general manager Marjorie Cooke explained. "But the orchestra pit was too small."
Cooke said the youth orchestra included 35 student musicians, and they had to put them somewhere. So, they put them on the stage with the dancers --- and there are a lot of dancers involved.
Cooke said more than 150 dancers are involved with the shows.