The State Ballet of Rhode Island to premiere “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” at The Park Theater in Cranston, RI in the company’s 58th performing season.

Lincoln, RI, 02/22/2018—The State Ballet of Rhode Island (SBRI) is excited to announce a company premiere, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland—”a ballet in two acts with the fascinating music composed by Joseph Horovitz. SBRI’s five Resident Choreographers take on this large-scale collaboration along with Herci Marsden, the company’s Artistic Director and Founding Prima Ballerina. This performance takes place on March 23rd & 24th at The Park Theatre in Cranston, RI.

Over 58 years, The State Ballet of Rhode Island has presented numerous ballets for the first time in Rhode Island—and they are now gearing up to present “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” this March, 2018. The significance of this premiere and how it came to be is a story that is deeply rooted in SBRI’s long-standing history. This large-scale production will include several local choreographers, artists, designers and is a family-friendly show that all ages will enjoy. The performances take place March 23rd & 24th at The Park Theatre in Cranston, RI.

From 1960-1983, The State Ballet of Rhode Island’s Artistic Advisor was Sir Anton Dolin who was also the Godfather of SBRI’s founding Marsden family children. As a young child, Ana Marsden Fox (SBRI’s Executive Director) was given a record of “Alice in Topsey Turvey Land” from Dolin; which he was also the Narrator of. This memory gave way to creating a new ballet and research began to find the right music. Fox and a Board Member came across the music by Joseph Horovitz from The London Festival Ballet’s production in 1953—of which Dolin was the Artistic Director. A new friendship began once Fox and Horovitz connected and reminisced about their connection to Dolin and he has allowed SBRI to use his composition along with music from his private collection to use for this premiere.

SBRI’s five Resident Choreographers will collaborate on this production under the direction of Herci Marsden. There will also be over 70 new costumes not including accessories created by a team of four costume designers, an aerial silks artist, 3 set designers, new backdrops, props, scenery and digital lighting.

EVENT INFORMATION:

Friday, March 23 at 7:30pm Saturday, March 24 at 1:30pm

Tickets: $25.00 to $32.50

FREE PARKING

Visit the Park Box Office, Order via phone, or purchase online: www.parktheatreri.com.

Park Theatre Box Office 848 Park Ave. Cranston, RI Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm.Groups of 10 or more get the best seats at the best prices! Call 401-467-7275

For more information visit: www.stateballet.com

Enhance your experience and check out these additional pre-performance events:

“Opening Night: Champagne & Dessert Reception” Join us in celebration, as the curtain rises on State Ballet’s premiere. March 23rd – 6:45pm

“Mad Hatter Tea Party” Our Kids Tea Party will excite your children with a cast meet and greet, tea time snacks, souvenirs, a backstage tour and photo opportunity. March 24th-12 noon. $20per person, reservation required call 401-334-2560, or info@stateballet.com.

Additional information: Friday, March 23 @ 10am, SBRI’s Project Ballet in Education Alice Performance, “Pay What You Can Event”. (Suggested donation $10 per seat). For this educational show, call 401-334-2560 for seats.

ABOUT SBRI:

The State Ballet of Rhode Island is the longest standing semi-professional civic, regional ballet company in Rhode Island and one of the longest standing in the United States that performs a service for its region. Our mission is to create, present, preserve and extend the great repertoire of classical dancing to the widest possible audience, while providing exciting performances and educational programming of the highest quality.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Ana Marsden Fox Executive Director, SBRI

anamfox@stateballet.com

(401) 334-2560

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