Featuring Grand Rapids Ballet Company Dancers, January 21
The eyes of little ones will widen with wonder when the Grand Rapids Symphony presents the interactive, musical tale of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Two performances will be presented on Jan. 21 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Sunshine Community Church.
Professional dancers from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company and narrator Edye Evans Hyde will help tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood’s trip through the forest, where she is rescued from the wolf by her fairy tale friends. The 45-minute program communicates lessons, including the importance of listening to one’s parents and being wary of strangers, as well as the triumph of good over evil.
“There are some humorous moments and updates to this story, such as a call Little Red Riding Hood makes to her mother on a cell phone,” says Associate Conductor John Varineau.
The ballet includes fun dances like a polka, waltz and Russian Cossack dance.
“We are thrilled to be working the Symphony again to present this classic tale in a fun production perfect for all ages,” shares Grand Rapids Ballet Company Artistic Director Patrici Barker.
To help children identify the different instrument families of the orchestra, Symphony musicians will wear colored t-shirts to show whether they belong to the string, woodwind, brass or percussion family. These colors help children understand the various sections of the orchestra.
Complimentary lollipops are also available for the children as they leave the performance.
General admission tickets are $5 and are available at the Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder), or by calling 616-454-9451, Ext. 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, online at www.grsymphony.org, or in person at Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W Fresh Market and Family Fare stores and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the concert.