Weekend: ‘Snow White and the Magic Mirror’

MEMBERS of the Neos Dance Theatre practice for their upcoming performance of "Snow White and the Magic Mirror: A Grimm Tale." (Photo provided)

MEMBERS of the Neos Dance Theatre practice for their upcoming performance of “Snow White and the Magic Mirror: A Grimm Tale.” (Photo provided)

¬†As the finale of Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series, “Snow White and the Magic Mirror: A Grimm Tale” promises to take guests on a magical journey. This performance is scheduled for Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., with the doors opening at 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. with the doors opening at 1:30 p.m. at R.L. Heminger Auditorium in Findlay High School.
Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. All tickets at the door are $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact The Arts Partnership box office by calling 419-422-4624 or visit www.artspartnership.com. The Arts Partnership is located at 618 S. Main St., Findlay. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“Snow White and the Magic Mirror, A Grimm Tale” is an original ballet choreographed by Bobby Wesner, artistic director of Neos Dance Theatre and creator of last season’s 1940s, Findlay-themed “The Nutcracker.” The production creates a contemporary twist to the classic story where shadowy trees and animated visual effects alongside local musicians and dancers transport the audience members to an innovative world where anything can happen through the Magic Mirror.
“We’re accenting and changing the use of the Magic Mirror to act more as a portal for the wicked stepmother to find where Snow White is hiding,” said Wesner.
Audiences familiar with classical ballet takes on the Snow White story will be treated to a variety of dance genres with an emphasis on contemporary choreography, as well as an eclectic variety of music including 19th and 20th century and contemporary selections.
As with “The Nutcracker,” Neos will be joined by 36 local dancers ranging in age from 6 through adulthood who will perform alongside Neos professionals in several intricate ensembles involving different dance styles. Local dancers include Amy Barto, Laura Schalk, Rena Song, Ai Usami, Madelyn Utz, Victoria Wurm, Josephina Bouaphakeo, Haley Frey, Tiffany Campbell, Lexie Layne, Lydia Mattingly, Lea Pessell, Emma Rossman, Isabella Miller, Arabella Laumeyer, Abby Distel, Jillian Bland, Ava Green, Shawna Bartson, Hanna Hassan, Vanessa Heck, Kendra Tossey, Lindsay Stultz, Emi Kawamura, Gus Cleary, Kitty Cleary, Allyson Utz, Maya Frey, Laura Catherine Reed, Yuri Usami, Miki Kawamura, Kelsey Adams, Abigail Utz, Merryn Lowery, Rylee Orchard and Amber Bihn.
Neos Dance Theatre is a company of young artists who are classically trained in ballet and passionate about new and contemporary dance. Its mission is to develop and serve audiences in northern Ohio and become an ambassador of dance for the region and to a global dance community.
The dancers of Neos Dance Theatre have performed all over the United States and abroad. Their resumes include works by George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Dwight Rhoden, Paul Taylor, Kurt Josse, Michael Smuin, David Parsons, Kevin O’Day, Moses Pendelton, Gus Giordano, Pilobolous, Michael Uhtoff, Eugene Loring, Ib Anderson, and many more. Their training is extensive and eclectic including Milwaukee Ballet, the School of Cleveland Ballet, School of Ballet Arizona, Chautauqua Summer Festival, Point Park, Kent State University, Ballet Magnificat! and more.

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