Ballet Ariel Celebrates The Holiday Season With “The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe”
Ballet Ariel welcomes the holidays with a fresh, new way to celebrate the season. “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” ballet is based on the popular book by C.S. Lewis with original choreography by Director Ilena Norton, battle scenes choreographed by Gregory Gonzales, and beautifully set to music by Edward Elgar and Arthur Sullivan. Aslan and other animal mask and costumes are created by George Peters at Air Works Studio in Boulder.
The story, set in the 1940s, begins when four siblings, Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, visit the Old Professor and discover an empty room with a large wardrobe. Young Lucy opens the wardrobe door and steps in. Her brother Edmund follows her as they find themselves in a wintery forest of another world. A series of adventures begin that include an umbrella-carrying faun, an evil White Witch, a beaver couple, a kind-hearted lion, and myriad other characters. They, along with the siblings, engage in a mystical battle of good over evil. Although the White Witch traps the group in a seemingly endless winter, the great lion Aslan, merry Father Christmas and the promise of spring arriving brings beauty and hope to the holiday season.
“Ballet Ariel’s mission is to create original ballets, so the opportunity to present “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” for our 2023 holiday production allows us to do that during this festive time of year,” says Norton. “Also, because this is our 25th Anniversary year, we wanted to do something really special for the holidays to celebrate!”
“The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” runs the following dates and locations:
November 29 @ 7pm – Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree-80124. Tickets – Adults, $31-$41; Seniors and Students, $29-$39; Children 12 and under, $26-$36.
Dec. 8 @ 7pm, 9 @ 2pm & 7pm, and 10 @ 2pm – Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood-80026. Tickets – $30-40 Adult, $25-35 Senior/student, $20-30 Children.
Dec. 22 @ 2pm & 7pm and 23 @ 2pm – Parsons Theatre at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 1 East Memorial Pkwy, Northglenn-80233. Tickets – $30-40 Adult, $25-35 Senior/student, $20-30 children.
For information on purchasing tickets, please visit the Ballet Ariel website at www.balletariel.org or call 303-945-4388.