Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, January 8, 2018- Oklahoma City Ballet will present a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Little Mermaid, which has ignited the imagination of the young and young-at-heart for generations. In this World Premiere ballet, choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Mills, we follow a young mermaid who is willing to give up her identity and her life in the sea to gain a human soul.
This incredible tale of sacrifice for eternal love will feature multimedia projections and spectacular sets and costumes. This version will be inspired by the Andersen story but with a twist that only Mr. Mills can bring to the stage.
This version of the classic tale tells the story of The Little Mermaid, who dwells in an underwater kingdom and becomes enchanted by the world above. Artistic Director Robert Mills will bring a version to the stage that will not have any singing lobsters, but will instead feature video projections and the music of Alexander Zemlinksy, Alexander Borodin, and other classical composers of the era.
Patrons can expect to see the beautiful Little Mermaid, the evil Sea Witch, and the handsome Prince, with whom the Little Mermaid falls in love. This family friendly ballet will “be bright and colorful, touching at moments, and sad at moments, with an uplifting end,” said Mr. Mills. “Guests will love the extraordinary sets and costumes, and the video projections to make the underwater world come to life on stage.”
As an added treat, children are invited to make a craft as a keepsake, sponsored and provided by Oklahoma Contemporary. Following the 2:00 pm Sunday matinee performance, dancers from The Nutcracker will be available in the main lobby for photos and autographs, while patrons can enjoy refreshments courtesy of Braum’s.
Performances take place on Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.. Single tickets may be purchased by calling Oklahoma City Ballet 405-848-TOES (8637) or online at www.okcballet.org/performance/the-little-mermaid/ or by calling the Civic Center Box office at 405-297-2264. All performances take place at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 North Walker, Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Ballet Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 6800 North Classen, Oklahoma City.
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About Oklahoma City Ballet: Founded in 1972 by Ballet Russe dancers Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov, Oklahoma City Ballet has been the city’s professional ballet company for more than 45 years. It is the resident dance Company of the Civic Center Music Hall and currently boasts dancers from around the world. Led by Artistic Director Robert Mills, the Company produces four main stage productions per season in Oklahoma City and tours across Oklahoma and the surrounding states. Oklahoma City Ballet restages the classics in addition to neo classical and other works of the 20th century. It also regularly commissions new works from the industry’s leading choreographers.