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Family magic comes to Whidbey Island Dance Theatre

Kelsey Lampe, of Oak Harbor, will dance as a village maiden and faerie in WIDT
Kelsey Lampe, of Oak Harbor, will dance as a village maiden and faerie in WIDT's 'Cinderella.'
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Tickets are on sale now for Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s three performances of “Cinderella,” one of the world’s best-loved ballets.

Head to the South Whidbey High School Performing Arts Center Theater at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 to experience the magical family performances.

It’s also a great excuse to dress up. Children can come as princesses and Disney characters and adults can wear tuxes and ball gowns, if they want.

More than 60 dancers take part in the production.

From Oak Harbor is WIDT alumna Christine Monaghan as Cinderella’s stepmother, who was hilarious in last year’s debut, according to Susan Campbell Sandri, co-artistic director.

Also from Oak Harbor is Kelsey Lampe as a village maiden and faerie.

From Coupeville is Skyylynn Lippo as a village maiden and jester.

“We wanted to create a storybook ballet because we hoped it would excite children and families to come and enjoy dance. Our version is kid-friendly: short, funny and with a nod to the Disney animated film, which is the variation that many children and grown-ups expect,” Sandri said in a release.

Sharing the program will be Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s annual Dance and Choreography Showcase, a collection of diverse works by professional guest and resident choreographers and some emerging choreographers.

It is the mission of the annual Showcase to expand the usual offerings for community audiences and dancers.

The community gets to see a greater range of dance’s many facets, and WIDT dancers learn by experiencing the differing voices and creative processes of various professionals.

Reserve seating is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for age 17 and under. At the door, all seats are $2 more. Group and other discounts are available.

For tickets and information, call 360-341-2221 or visit widtonline.org.

WIDT is a nonprofit organization seeking to be a cultural resource to the community while providing dancers with opporunities for artistic growth.

 

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