The Jefferson Ballet Theatre will present “The Snow Queen” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at the theater at Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St., New Orleans.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children 11 or younger. They are available at www.jeffersonballettheatre.com or at the door.
“The Snow Queen,” an original two-act ballet, is choreographed by Jefferson Ballet Theatre co-directors Kimberly Matulich Beck and Kenneth Beck to a contemporary score.
The ballet retells the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of an enduring bond of friendship and a love that conquers all adversity. The ballet is fully narrated, so it is a great way to introduce young audiences to the art of theater and ballet, a news release said.
Gretna Mayor Belinda Constant will narrate Saturday’s performance. Some 45 dancers will participate in the production, including professional guest artists and children.
The role of the Snow Queen will be danced by Shayna Skal, of Madisonville, who recently performed with the Teatrul de Balet Sibiu, a professional ballet company in Romania. Also featured are Baton Rouge native Blane Mader, who recently danced with BalletMet Columbus, and Beck.
Also performing are Metairie native Hanley Simpson, a graduate of the Academy of the Sacred Heart; Rachel Yazbeck, of New Orleans; David Rochon, of Mandeville; Madelynn Hampton, of Harvey; St. Andrew’s student Spencer Protti; and NOCCA student Aaron Richert.
Other dancers include Psalm Fitch, Crescent City Christian School; Donovan Bendana, Isidore Newman High School; and Metairie resident Stephen Kernion.
Several students of St. Mary’s Dominican High School will perform, including Abigail Nix, Sylvia Owen, CeCe Zimmerman and Katie Zimmerman. Academy of the Sacred Heart students Isabella Elias and Gabriella Trentacoste, who also attends NOCCA, will perform, as well as Rebecca Helm, Mount Carmel Academy; Kate Lougan, Destrehan High; and Jesuit High School students Ben Gillen, Bo Bell and Garrin Mesa.
Other performers include Metairie residents Molly Glas, Anne Marie Theriot, Riley Tafaro, Matthew O’Neill, Libbey Luminais, Rebecca Vindel and Natalie Tallant; Gretna native Izabella DeJesus; Destrehan resident Katelyn Moore; and Tulane University students Ellie Villarrubia and Conner Hill.