Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling is currently being performed by Carolina Ballet at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. This a fast moving and colorful interpretation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic ably choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Here's a few preview shots taken during the dress rehearsal.
The far from ugly Lara O'Brien plays the Ugly Duckling. Here she's supported by Gobbledigook (Richard Krusch) and Duckling (Nikolai Smirnov) as she finds her feet 

Lara O'Brien takes center stage in this ballet. Here she's struggling with ugly as she figures out she aint no chicken!
Jan Burkhard and Yevgeny Shlapko play the tormenting cats Frick & Frack

The swan emerges!

Taking the bows. Center is the guest narrator Curtis Cregan

The Ugly Duckling along with two other items "Flower Festival in Genzano" following the choreography of August Bournonville and a new Robert Weiss choreography set to Grieg's Piano Concerto, runs until March 6th.

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