Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as Ballet Opens Thursday in De Pere

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The Dance Company will present “Beauty and the Beast” as a ballet production in five performances this week in Walter Theatre of Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts at St. Norbert College.

Performances are at 7 p.m. March 21, 22; 2 and 7 p.m. March 23; 2 p.m. March 24. Info: gbdanceco.org.

This is an original re-creation of the classic story, including choreography, costumes and set pieces.

The Dance Company productions are designed with children in mind with speaking parts and characters dancing through the audience. The story is told through ballet, jazz, contemporary and gymnastics.

The troupe was founded by artistic director Shirley Van. The production is under the guidance of show director Carrie Wielgus, assistant show director Jami Suring and acting director Mike Palubicki.

From the troupe’s website: “Beauty and the Beast” is the story of a handsome young prince who lived in a beautiful castle. The prince was selfish and unkind. One night, an unexpected intruder arrived at the castle seeking shelter from the bitter storm. As a gift, she offered the prince a single rose. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince turned the woman away. She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, the prince dismissed her again and the women then revealed herself as a beautiful enchantress. As his punishment, the enchantress placed a spell on the prince, the entire castle and all that lived there. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose. If he could learn to love another and earn their love in return by the time the last petal fell, the spell would be broken. If not, he would remain a beast forever.

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