‘Into Grimm’s Woods’
When: 7:30 p.m. March 24; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 25; and 2 p.m. March 26
Where: Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 202 Boulevard, Gainesville
Cost: $20-$28 adults, $16-$24 seniors and $14-$20 children
More info: www.gainesvilleballet.org or 770-532-4241
As a take-off of “Into the Woods,” the Gainesville Ballet Company will present its version of the Disney movie as its annual spring performance March 24-26 in Pearce Auditorium at 202 Boulevard in Gainesville.
In the ballet “Into Grimm’s Woods,” the company’s cast of dancers along with the Junior Company and Gainesville Ballet students will transform into fairy tale characters, Gainesville Ballet Company artistic director Diane Callahan said. But their performance doesn’t follow the exact story line of the popular tale.
“In the end, it all ends up happily, which it doesn’t actually do in the movies,” Callahan said.
The ballet company has been working on “Into Grimm’s Woods” since early January. Its dancers range as young as 7 to as old as college students majoring in dance, in addition to guest performers.
“We have guest artists that we always bring in, but it’s the Gainesville Ballet Company,” she said. “They’re all people who are connected to us.”
And this includes the show’s choreographer, Christina Castro-Tauser. The young woman was in the Gainesville Ballet Company for eight years, but is in Philadelphia earning her Master of Fine Arts degree in dance at Temple University, Callahan said.
The ballet company’s founder believes the story will be fun for children.
“I think they’ll love the stories,” Callahan said. “It will be all their fairy-tale characters coming to life. We have Snow White, Cinderella, the Evil Queen, Little Red Riding Hood and her mother and the Wolf in the forest who tries to catch Little Red Riding Hood. I think it’s one of the best we’ve done.”
“Into the Woods” showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26.
Tickets are $20-$28 for adults, $16-$24 for seniors and $14-$20 for children. Tickets are available at the box office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday or at gainesvilleballet.tix.com.