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Seeger Chapel, Milligan College campus
The delight of children’s stories, from “The Ugly Duckling” to “Thumbelina” takes center stage May 26 at 2 p.m. when the City Youth Ballet of Johnson City presents “Tales of Hans Christian Andersen.” The production, set for Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus, includes dancers from the CYB’s senior and junior companies plus its ballet school. They will tell the tales of the beloved Danish author using ballet set to both classical music and more well-known pieces such as Danny Kaye’s 1952 rendition of “Thumbelina.” “Ballet is a powerful way to tell stories that we all love,” said Susan Pace-White, artistic director of the City Youth Ballet. “With this production, the audience can enjoy those stories while also seeing them interpreted with ballet.” Among the pieces will be “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Little Match Girl,” and “Thumbelina.” Dancers will perform in front of a gigantic story book with pages that turn as the stories are told. Choreography for the production comes from Pittman Corry and Karen Conrad of the American Ballet Theatre. General admission is $5 at the door with doors opening 30 minutes before the performance. For more information call 423-434-2195 or visit www.cityyouthballet.org.