Ugly Duckling’s a beautiful ballet

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A BALLET for children will bring alive the classic tale of the Ugly Duckling.

Leeds’ Northern Ballet will bring their first short ballet to Whitby on Friday 22 March as part of an extensive tour of theatres across the North of England.

Choreographed by Northern Ballet dancers Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe, Ugly Duckling has received rave reviews from audiences and critics at previous performances in Leeds last autumn.

Based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, it tells the story of a lonely duckling who doesn’t quite fit in with her friends.

Throughout the ballet, the duckling learns about herself and those around her and when she learns to love who she is she turns into a beautiful swan and begins a happy new life.

Sebastian Loe said: “The great thing about Ugly Duckling and other children’s stories is that they teach important and timeless values from a young age.

“The message we want to put across in Ugly Duckling is that we should be confident in embracing who we are and ultimately we should not be afraid of being ourselves.”

Fellow dancer Dreda Blow added: “According to my parents, I saw my first ballet when I was only two years old and I was absolutely riveted.

“I sat perfectly still, my eyes glued to the stage the entire time.

“If our production of Ugly Duckling inspires children to start ballet lessons then that’s great, but most importantly I hope it awakens in them a love and appreciation for the magic of dance and theatre in general.”

The colourful production for children aged four and up features a host of animal characters including cats, frogs and a wily fox. The performance is 40 minutes in length and the music ranges from classical compositions to the theme tunes of popular children’s cartoons.

This hugely popular production, supported by Leeds Inspired, is designed to encourage children and young families to see their first ballet at an affordable price.

The Ugly Duckling is showing at Whitby Pavilion on Friday 22 March at noon, 2.15pm and 4pm.

Tickets are priced from £4. To book, call the box office on (01947) 604855.

The Whitby Gazette has three pairs of tickets to see The Ugly Duckling at the 4pm teatime showing at Whitby Pavilion.

To be in with a chance of winning answer the question below:

Who is the author of the classic fairy tale The Ugly Duckling?

Deadline for entries is Monday 18 March.

Email your answer to bernice.smith@yrnltd.co.uk; text to 63333 starting your message with WGENTRY (text charge 50p plus your standard charge); or fill in the coupon and send it to Ugly Duckling Competition, Whitby Gazette, 17-18 Bridge Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BG.

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