alice in wonderland

Tampa Ballet Theatre Celebrates 150th Year of Book with Alice In Wonderland Performance

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Alice In Wonderland

This May, Tampa Ballet Theatre will be falling down the rabbit hole in an original contemporary ballet. Tampa Ballet Theatre will be closing its season with two performances of Alice In Wonderland. Alice In Wonderland features original choreography by Artistic Director, Lindsay Clark, with Tyler Anderson as assistant tap choreographer for The Tea Party Scene. The performances will be held Saturday May 9th at 7:00 pm and Sunday May 10th at 5:00 pm at the Hillsborough Community College Mainstage Theatre in Ybor. Tickets are available for purchase starting April 13th. Adult tickets are $25 per ticket, Senior tickets (55+) are $20 per ticket, and Children and College Student tickets are $15 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Tampa Bay Ballet studio, online at www.tampaballettheatre.org/events, at the theatre, or by calling 813-814-0587. Ticket prices are subject to change.

Alice in Wonderland will be starring TBT II Trainee, Ashley Coppin as Alice, TBT Apprentice, TBT Company Member Madeline Axlund as The Queen of Hearts, TBT Company Member Charles Java as The King of Hearts, and TBT Company Member Tyler Anderson as The Mad Hatter.

“This comical role as The King has been such a refreshing change from such serious roles in the past” said Java, who recently performed as Romeo in Tampa Ballet Theatre’s Romantic Pas De Deux performance last February.

Alice In Wonderland is a 2 act ballet based off of the 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The Music is by Carl Davis who created the original Alice in Wonderland score in 1995 mostly derived of the famous Tchaikovsky’s works. The story of Alice in Wonderland follows a young girl named Alice who falls down the rabbit hole and discovers the mysterious world called Wonderland. Alice encounters many strange creatures while in Wonderland including the grinning Cheshire Cat (Heather Mills) and the curious Caterpillar (Brooke Bayless). Alice In Wonderland will be an exciting and mad time suitable for all families to enjoy.

“A lot of people think of ballet as an uptight art,” states Clark, “although ballet itself is very structured, not all ballets are meant to be taken seriously. Alice In Wonderland is meant to be comical and outrageously silly.”

Tampa Ballet Theatre is a non-profit professional ballet company located in the Tampa Bay Area. Tampa Ballet Theatre was founded by Lindsay Clark in 2012. The mission of the Tampa Ballet Theatre is to educate, entertain, and broaden the outlook of the community through the world of classical and contemporary ballet. The company prides itself in preserving the classical masterpieces of previous centuries while creating new contemporary and classical productions for the Greater Tampa Bay area. Tampa Ballet Theatre engages itself in community functions to help give back to the community through the art of ballet and lending a structural support for the arts. Tampa Ballet Theatre is affiliated with its school, Tampa Bay Ballet where students receive pre-professional training from some of the best professionals in the Tampa Bay area.

Tampa Ballet Theatre Announces The Mad Tea Party To Raise Performance Funds

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Tampa Ballet Theatre is going mad about tea! On March 29th at 4:00pm, Tampa can celebrate their un-birthday with Alice, The Queen of Hearts, and the maddest one of all, The Hatter himself. The Mad Tea Party will consist of a silent auction, poetry reading, specialty treats and teas, playing cards, and a performance of excerpts from Tampa Ballet Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland. The event’s purpose is to help Tampa Ballet Theatre raise funds for their upcoming performance, Alice in Wonderland. The Mad Tea Party will be held at the Tampa Ballet Theatre studio at 12720 DuPont Circle, Tampa 33626. Tickets are $18 per person. There are a limited number of seats available. Tickets can be purchased by calling (813)814-0587 or online at www.tampaballettheatre.org/events.

The Mad Tea Party will be fun for all ages and will be featuring a fun menu of snacks, including eat me cookies, drink me drinks, chocolate fondue, and other delectable treats inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The excerpts being performed include Alice’s Variation, White Rabbit, Queen and King of Hearts Pas De Deux, Pas De Trois (Gryphon, Alice, and Mock Turtle), Bill the Lizard, The Caucus Race, and the Mad Tea Party. The dancers will accompanied by the music created for the original Alice in Wonderland ballet, composed by Carl Davis. The dancers performing are company members of the professional ballet company Tampa Ballet Theatre, pre-professional apprentices/trainees of TBT II, and students of the Tampa Bay Ballet school. This event has very limited seating available. The funds being raised at The Mad Tea Party will be used to help fund the show making process including: costumes, theatre rental, props, dancer expenses, backdrops, scenery, lighting, and more.

“I chose to stage Alice in Wonderland to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s book,” states Artistic Director of Tampa Ballet Theatre, “I want to tell the story it how it was meant to be told, with every mad little detail.”

Tampa Ballet Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland is based off of Lewis Carroll’s novel written in 1865. It is a 2 Act ballet that follows a young girl named Alice who falls asleep by the riverbank with her sister; she then is startled by a White Rabbit and follows it down a rabbit hole to Wonderland. Once in Wonderland, Alice finds herself in a nonsensical world where she encounters many mad creatures, including: The Cheshire Cat, The Caterpillar, The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, and more. It is not untill the Queen of Hearts orders that her head be cut off, that Alice awakens from her dream and finds herself back by the riverbank with her sister.

“It takes a lot to make a ballet come to life,” states Clark, “call me mad, but with the support of the community I can make Alice in Wonderland a reality.”

Tampa Ballet Theatre is a 501©3 non-profit professional ballet company in the Tampa Bay Area and has been since 2012. The mission of the Tampa Ballet Theatre is to educate, entertain, and broaden the outlook of the community through the world of classical and contemporary ballet. The company prides itself in preserving the classical masterpieces of previous centuries while creating new contemporary and classical productions for the Greater Tampa Bay area. Tampa Ballet Theatre engages itself in community functions to help give back to the community through the art of ballet and lending a structural support for the arts. Tampa Ballet Theatre is affiliated with its school, Tampa Bay Ballet where students receive pre-professional training from some of the best professionals in the Tampa Bay area.

Due to the limited seats available, please purchase tickets to Tampa Ballet Theatre’s The Mad Tea Party ahead of time by calling (813) 814-0587 or online at www.tampaballettheatre.org/events. Tickets are $18 per person. The performance will be held on March 29th at 4:00pm at the Tampa Ballet Theatre studio at 12720 DuPont Circle, Tampa 33626. The Mad Tea Party is a special event that will help Tampa Ballet Theatre fund their upcoming professional ballet performance of Alice in Wonderland on May 9th and 10th.

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