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Gainesville Ballet to perform 'Beauty and the Beast'
Meagan Wade is Belle, Cara Celeste is the Enchantress and Moshiah Stringer is Beast.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ and other repertory works
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20
Where: Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington St., Gainesville
Cost: $18 adults and $12 children
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Characters of Belle, the Beast, Gaston and French townspeople will dance their way across the stage as the Gainesville Ballet Company presents “Beauty and the Beast” and other repertory works.

The performance will incorporate parts of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” with unique dance sequences choreographed by Brenau University alumnae Susan McGraw. She has been teaching and dancing for the past 20 years.

“Because it’s a ballet, it doesn’t exactly follow the book or the movie,” said Diane Callahan, artistic director of the Gainesville Ballet Company. “There’s a Beast (who) falls in love and a yellow dress, but (the dancers) have to be able to do lifts and move freely.”

Ballet dancers will be joined by a few of their fathers, some of whom have been practicing dance themselves for years.

“Some of the dads have been involved in our dancing (program) for three years now and can really dance well,” Callahan said.

The ballet will also feature six repertory works — short dances before the main event — including jazz, hip-hop and classical pieces. The production will also showcase the backdrops and costumes.

“We have wonderful costumes for this production by Jill Peterson,” Callahan said.

About 100 dancers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, in the Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University, 500 Washington St., Gainesville.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and seniors older than 55. For tickets, call 770-532-4241.

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