The Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville has announced its newest ballet, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” to be performed at the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium at Tusculum, January 26 – 28.
Central Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Lori Ann Sparks, along with Marilyn duBrisk, director of Tusculum’s Arts Outreach program, give life and new meaning to The Twelve Dancing Princesses. The play was originally a German fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm in 1812.
While the story stems from the Brothers Grimm, Sparks has adapted it to be family-friendly and to be more uplifting, rather than to be tragic as it was originally written.
The ballet will star three male professional dancers: Dillon Davis, Samuel Chester and Cole Companion. Many local dancers also appear in this ballet. Hanna Johnson of Greeneville and Eliza Burton from Jefferson City share the lead role of Princess Dolcina. Other local dancers include Hallie Frank, Elizabeth Bosse and Maggie Sanders.
It is an exciting event, and we wish to present it as a gift to the region,” says Parke Brumit, one of the dancers. “CBT is proud to be considered a part of the Greeneville/ Greene County community and is honored to be financially supported by so many businesses and individuals here. Our goal is to contribute to others and give back to our community.”
Tickets can be purchased at Catalyst Coffee Company, Esther & Ella’s, The General Morgan Inn, Appalachian Chiropractic, and Halos & Threads, or by calling (423) 724-7014 to reserve tickets.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 60+, and $5 for students.
The box office opens an hour before show time. Performances are January 26 at 7 p.m., January 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and January 28 at 2 p.m. at Tusculum in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.
Photo: Left to right: Lori Ann Sparks playing Queen Adelaide, Samuel Chester playing Samothraki the under-world king, and Dillon Davis playing Lothair II the outer-world king.