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Ketchikan Theatre Ballet Presents Annual Spring Gala


May 12, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan Theatre Ballet's annual Spring Gala "KTB Corral" featuring all of their students ranging in age from four to eighteen kicks off this weekend.

"Fun and Games on the Farm", the matinee performance on Saturday, May 13th at 2pm at the High School auditorium gives the younger dancers a chance to shine and show their stuff. There are 103 performers from four years old to nine years old. Each class expresses in their dance some kind of fun and games you could have on a farm. There is kite flying, potato sack races, tea parties and fishing just to name a few, but it is all done in dance form using the skills they have learned over the year. You can just picture yourself on a farm in the summertime having fun with the dancers.

jpg Ballet Curtain Call

The curtain call for the younger group of KTB performers
at the dress rehearsal Thursday night.
Photograph by Carl Thompson ©2006

The evening performances, Friday, May 12th and 13th at 7:30pm, feature KTB's older dancers from ages eight through eighteen. This performance lets you experience a day on the farm starting Act I with the Candle Dance. This dance starts in the dark with only the light from each Ballet IX dancer's candle lighting the way. The sun slowly comes up and the farm gets to work with morning chores and children playing.
Act II is the afternoon with a picnic and lunchbox social. There are fun and games in this performance too - hide and seek, a challenge dance between tap classes and the young ladies picking flowers. Act III takes us to the Barn Dance. One of the highlight of this act is the bandits whose dance is interrupted when the local sheriffs see a wanted poster featuring our dancing bandits. After the sheriffs arrest the bandits, they dance in celebration of their nabbing the crooks. The "Five Gals from Georgia" tap dance is a rousing piece set to Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" country favorite. It is a piece that is sure to bring the house down. The last dance of the show is a rendition of the "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" challenge dance that pits the girls against the boys.

This year's performance celebrates the culmination of years of dance for four KTB seniors, Chelsea Goucher, Jessica Graham, Natalie Richards and Jessica Schenck. Each is featured in a special moment giving them a chance to have the focus only on them.

Tickets for each of these performances will be available at the door. The evening performance is a little over an hour and a half long and ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for children and $10 for adults 65 and older. Matinee prices are half of the evening performance at $7 for adults, $6 for children and $5 for senior citizens. This performance is a little under an hour long. What a wonderful way to spend an evening or afternoon!


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