This Thanksgiving weekend, enter a magical world of music and dance. The Portland Ballet (TPB) presents The Enchanted Toyshop, a delightful tale of toys come to life, and Firebird, a classic story of magic and adventure.
The Enchanted Toyshop has been delighting Portland audiences for ten years, ever since John Clifford choreographed it for TPB in 2003. Clifford is widely considered the protégé of George Balanchine, and his vision is brought to life this season by the talented youth dancers at TPB.
In The Enchanted Toyshop, a busy shopkeeper strives to sell his toys – and ignores his wife in the process. With some help from enchanted toys and a beautiful fairy, the couple learns to value each other’s company and remember the magic of love.
This year, TPB has added a twist to the holiday tradition: the Russian folktale Firebird. The addition of Clifford’s 2005 Firebird brings drama and history to the production. With the dramatic elements of beauty (the bewitching Firebird), danger (sorcerer Kaschei), romance (the lovely Princess) and heroism (valiant Prince Ivan), the ballet is an adventure tale for all ages.
For every show, the Portland State University Orchestra will provide live orchestral accompaniment. Conducted by Ken Selden, the PSU Orchestra will play Stravinsky’s dramatic Firebird score alongside Respighi’s The Enchanted Toyshop. This 90-minute program (with one intermission) will immerse the whole family in a night of fun and enchantment.
The Portland Ballet will perform six shows at PSU’s Lincoln Hall, November 29-December 1, 2013. Performances are Friday, November 29, 7 PM (opening night), and Saturday/Sunday, November 30/December 1, at 1 & 4 PM.
Tickets are $15 for kids and $35 for adults. A limited number of Pay-What-You-Will tickets will be available at the door for every performance ($5 minimum, open seating). Tickets are available at the PSU box office or online. For more information, visit their site.
Ring in the holidays with The Portland Ballet! TPB is offering 10% off child and adult tickets to performances of The Enchanted Toyshop with Firebird, coming up Thanksgiving weekend. Bring the whole family to see this delightful tale of toys come to life, performed for the first time alongside the classic Russian folktale Firebird.
To redeem this offer, buy your tickets here and type in “METROPARENT” in the Coupon Code field when you check out. Promotion code is valid November 20 – November 22, 2013.
We are thrilled to be giving away a family pack of tickets (two adult and two child, a $90 value) to the Thanksgiving weekend performances of The Enchanted Toyshop with Firebird! Details to enter below.
The Enchanted Toyshop, originally called La Boutique Fantasque, comes from the innovative early 1900s company Ballet Russes. A wandering troupe of dancers that drew heavily on the visual arts, Ballet Russes originated the costumes and roles of La Boutique. To create the version for The Portland Ballet, Clifford added new roles and focused on the relationship between the shopkeepers. TPB’s production features delightful costumes by Mary Muhlbach, lighting by Michael Mazzola, and a set reproducing André Derain’s original fauvist imagery.
The show features TPB’s Youth Company, pre-professional dancers who train with The Portland Ballet. The show provides valuable performance experience to youth dancers, as well as offering high-quality entertainment for the Portland community.
Led by Artistic Director Nancy Davis, The Portland Ballet nurtures young dancers from age three to 19. Offering Creative Ballet from ages 3-6 and Curriculum Ballet from ages 6 and up, TPB provides excellence in dance education and youth performance. TPB students are trained with professional intent by a faculty that includes some of the nation’s finest dancers and choreographers. TPB dancers leave the school with the life skills – commitment, discipline, teamwork, curiosity, and pride – to succeed in any endeavor. For more information, visit TPB online at www.theportlandballet.org.