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Dance conservatory presents 'Alice in Wonderland' ballet

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Who says ballet is stuffy and boring?
Not anyone who saw The Conservatory of Dance & Theatre’s “Alice in Wonderland” ballet in Ashe County, N.C., on June 8.
This weekend, the conservatory will bring the ballet version of “Alice” to the Galax High School auditorium for performances June 14 and 15 at 6 p.m.
“Come with Alice, strong-willed and admirably intrepid, on a magical adventure as she falls into Wonderland. Led by the nervous White Rabbit, Alice meets some astonishing characters, including a tapping Mad Hatter, a diva Duchess, a mysterious Butterfly, the quirky and neurotic Queen of Hearts and numerous other unusual and vibrant characters,” says a description of the show.

The ballet opens with a serene garden party and the adventure begins when a white rabbit magically appears and entices Alice to follow her into Wonderland, a land not so idyllic as fun, yet confounding.
A conservatory press release says “Alice in Wonderland” is a rare production that provide rewards for all ages. “If you’re worried a tossed-about baby or a queen whose default mode is to order executions might be too frightening for some children, be assured that it’s all delivered with a liberal dose of slapsticky silliness.”
Absurdities accumulate until a whirlwind climax in which Alice is put on trial for tart stealing. But Barbara Johnson, the artistic director of the conservatory, has put together a production so full of energy and imagination that you’ll probably think it a shame when it’s time to go back up the rabbit hole.
The musical score by Jody Talbot is wildly inventive and a superb melding of the traditional and contemporary.
Johnson, who based her ballet on Lewis Carroll’s much-loved children’s book, “has created a captivating piece, brimming with wit, humor and charm,” said a news release about the show. “With its whimsical flights of the imagination, diverse music and joyful dance, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a delightful entertainment for all ages.”
The Conservatory of Dance & Theatre is based in Galax and is home to the Galax Youth Ballet, a group of dedicated and talented young dancers from Virginia and North Carolina. Since 2008, the mission of the youth ballet has been to provide the highest caliber of training and performance opportunities to prepare young dancers for a career in the performing arts, as well as to provide classes to dancers of all ages and levels in the community.
Galax Youth Ballet has a distinctive reputation for its innovative programming, artistic excellence and extensive community outreach.

All seats for “Alice in Wonderland” are general admission at $8 per seat. Discounts are available for church and civic groups. Call the conservatory at (276) 236-2105 for tickets or more information. Find out more about The Conservatory of Dance & Theatre at www.galaxballet.com.