Ballet company ending season with fairy tales

Dance: Troupe plans to bring new life to classic children's stories, including "Sleeping Beauty," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Snow White."

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April 13, 2000|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

This weekend, the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis ends its season with a program devoted to fairy tales.

The performance will begin with "Fairy Tale Highlights" choreographed by artistic director Edward Stewart. Fairy tale characters will be featured from children's literature, including "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," "Alice in Wonderland," "Puss 'N Boots and the White Cat" and "Tales of Beatrix Potter."

BTA's 26-member company will perform with student dancers from Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore. The performance gives young dancers an opportunity to rehearse and perform with the theater company.

After rigorous auditions in January, 46 children were selected to dance in the two ballets.

Children chosen from Annapolis are Christina DeStefano and Laura Rogalski who will appear as birds, and Garrett Gooding, Caroline Mayer and Sarah Ruppel who will be among Snow White's dwarves. Tara Dozier and Dorian Nuskind-Oder will be featured in a waltz sequence, Lauren Mullis and Rachel Switkes will be flowers, and Sara Edinberg will be a butterfly.

Children from the Broadneck area are Emily Billings and Robin Yerkes as fairies, Sarita Christensen as one of Snow White's dwarves, and Allyson Curan as a flower. Featured in the waltz sequence will be Maureen Skoz and Kristi Winner. Two children from Severna Park also dancing will be Kerry Serini as a butterfly and Mattie Fenton as a flower.

Dmitry Malikov, formerly with Moscow City Ballet, will dance with Aimee Litwiller, formerly of Columbia City Ballet and Columbia Classical Ballet, in "Puss 'N Boots and the White Cat."

The second half of the program will be devoted to "Sleeping Beauty" with choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky. Zhirui Zou, a former principal ballerina with the National Ballet of China and now BTA's principal dancer, will dance the role of Princess Aurora.

Dmitry Tuboltsev, former principal with the Bolshoi Ballet and now BTA principal dancer, will appear as the Prince. Leslie Bradley, former BTA principal ballerina, will be seen in a cameo role as the Lilac Fairy.

Other featured dancers include Ninel Cherevko, formerly of the Moscow City Ballet, as Princess Florine who will be partnered with Jeffrey Watson, formerly of Dance Theatre of Harlem, as the Bluebird.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Reserved seating tickets are priced at $22 for adults and $12 for children and full-time students. For ticket orders and information call 410-263-2909 or visit BTA's Web site at www.btaballet.org.

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