“Alice in Wonderland” ballet is described as “classical ballet meets Broadway sass.”
It is presented by the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, which has a long-standing relationship with The Valley Performing Arts Council.
Elementary students get to see the ballet though the council’s school outreach program.
You can make the March Hare, Frog Footman and White Rabbit — along with the famed character of Alice herself — part of your weekend with “Alice in Wonderland.”
The production from State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara is presented by the Valley Performing Arts Council, which has a long-standing relationship with the the State Street company. Professional dancers from Santa Barbara will be joined by local dancers from Fresno Ballet Theatre.
The production is described as “classical ballet meets Broadway sass” and features elaborate costuming, projected images for settings and big masks for some characters.
The role of “Alice” will be danced by Lilit Hogtanian of State Street Ballet.
The performance was choreographed by Robert Sund, who set his version of “Alice in Wonderland” to the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
Sund took the plot from “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” and includes some of the most cherished characters from both Lewis Carroll stories.
During 16 school outreach performances this past week, area elementary students have gotten to see the ballet, and for many, it has been their first exposure to a live performance.