The Jefferson Ballet Theatre will present “The Snow Queen” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, in the theater at Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St., New Orleans.
“The Snow Queen” is an original two-act ballet that retells the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, which is the same story on which Walt Disney’s animated feature film “Frozen” is based. The ballet, set to a contemporary score with original choreography by co-directors Kimberly Matulich Beck and Kenneth Beck, tells the story of an enduring bond of friendship and a love that conquers all adversity.
The cast of 45 local dancers, guest artists and professional dancers will perform a variety of dance forms including classical ballet, character and contemporary. The ballet is a perfect opportunity for parents to introduce their young children to the arts, as it is a children’s story that is fully narrated by Dr. David Mulnick.
Returning home from the Houston Ballet Academy to dance the title role is Metairie native Addie Melcher. Other guest artists include Alex Danna, a West Bank native who also is currently dancing in the Houston Ballet Academy, and Amy Cole Ahmed, former soloist with the Alabama Ballet. Local musical theater favorite Peter Elliott also will be featured. Jefferson Ballet Theatre Director Kimberly Matulich Beck, former principal dancer with the Alabama Ballet, also will perform.
Dancing the roles of the young girl and boy are Metairie resident Cate Tallant (young Gerde) and Algiers native Aaron Richert (young Kai). Their adult counterparts are Vayle Khalaf (teen Gerde), of Metairie, and David Rochon (adult Kai). Also dancing featured roles in the ballet will be Sarah Alexander, Donovan Bendana, Emma Christie, Izabella DeJesus, Elizabeth Donner, Colette Duplantier, Olivia Ernst, Psalm Fitch, Madelynn Hampton, Stephen Kernion, Taylor Lucien, Abigail Nix, Sylvia Owen, Spencer Protti, Hanley Simpson and Ellie Villarubia.
Tickets may be purchased at jeffersonballettheatre.com. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 11 years and younger.