River City Youth Ballet collaboration with the West Virginia Youth Symphony

River City Youth BalletThe River City Youth Ballet collaborates once more with the West Virginia Youth Symphony in staging Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at the Clay Center. The story is spoken by a narrator accompanied by the orchestra which represents each dancing character with a particular instrument and musical theme. Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned by the Central Children’s Theatre in Moscow in 1936 to write this musical symphony specifically to cultivate musical tastes in children. Decades later his playful classic consistently delights and inspires children and adults of all ages.

A second ballet, “The Magical Toyshop,” also will be performed that evening. Loosely based on the ballet, “La Boutique Fantasque,” it uses a wide variety of music to tell the story of a toyshop owner and his granddaughter who protests when he throws away a rag doll that is beyond repair. When she sneaks downstairs to retrieve the discarded doll, the toys in the shop magically come to life.

Named West Virginia’s Official Youth Ballet by the Legislature in 2007, the River City Youth Ballet Ensemble was founded to give talented young dancers an opportunity to learn and grow in the performing arts by providing students with a sound, quality dance education and a forum to share their talents with the community.

Consists of more than 90 members, including players from Ohio, Kentucky, and seven counties in West Virginia, the West Virginia Youth Symphony is a non-profit arts organization that supports five music ensembles and numerous chamber groups. Its mission is to provide excellent instrumental instruction and opportunities to present quality performances.

Ticket prices are at $11 and $21. For reservations, call the Clay Center Box Office at (304) 561-3570. The show starts at 7pm.