Thumbelina is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a woman who, after yearning for a child, receives a special barleycorn seed from a stranger. One morning she wakes up to find a tiny girl, Thumbelina. We follow Thumbelina as she is kidnapped, pursued by unsuitable suitors, and taken to a nightclub that caters to beetles. All the while, insects, birds and other creatures help her find her prince and her way back home.
Unlike The Nutcracker (which is an every-other-year performance for the Theatre of Ballet Arts), Thumbelina had a story but no choreography. That job fell to artistic director Summer Hamille. “I began listening to classical music every night to select musical compositions that would serve to help us ‘tell’ the story. Then came the task of piecing it all together. … Even though the ballet isn’t as long as The Nutcracker, it’s still a very involved and somewhat complicated production. As an original ballet, we’re all learning together.” (More on behind the scenes online in the Platteville Journal, or pick up a copy of The Democrat Tribune.)
The music selected features many composers, including Aaron Copland, Franz Schubert, Louis Prima and Johannes Brahms.
More than 50 children and adults from Southwest Wisconsin have been practicing since September to bring to life the story of this tiny girl with a big adventure.
Performances are Saturday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Mineral Point Opera House.
Tickets for the hour-long show are $8 for adults and $5 for children 13 and younger. Seating is general admission. You can purchase tickets at the door, at Berget Jewelers, or online here. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/189979.
If you miss this weekend’s performance, the cast will be performing the show again at the Platteville Municipal Auditorium Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
– Contributed by Susan Webb