The Friends of the Andover Public Library has partnered with Andover-based business Vornado to present, for the second year, Ballet Wichita’s annual ballet in the park production. This year’s production is the family-friendly adaptation of the much-loved tale of “Peter and the Wolf.”
The 45-minute production will be at 3 pm, Sunday, June 10 at the Central Park Gazebo.
“We are extremely pleased that Vornado has stepped forward again this year to sponsor Ballet Wichita and ensure that the greater Andover community has the opportunity to enjoy this colorful and lively performance,” Library Director Carol Wohlford said.
This is the fourth year Ballet Wichita has performed at the Central Park Gazebo. The ballet in the park summer series consists of four performances, with the other performances in Mulvane, Haysville and Wichita.
“Ballet Wichita company dancers love the ballet in the park productions and not just for the chance to dance these fun character roles from stories they’ve grown up with,” Ballet Wichita Artistic Director Jill Landrith said. “It’s also the only time of year we have the opportunity to dance in such intimate settings and interact so directly with our audience.”
Andover has consistently provided the largest audience for the ballet in the park production with crowds estimated at 400-plus. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chair and blankets for this free production.
“The Friends will offer a limited supply of ice cream treats and cold water, and will welcome any donation toward these refreshments,” said Carolyn Kaplan, president of the Friends of the Andover Public Library, a nonprofit volunteer group that supports library programming. “We’ll also be handing out Wolf Puppet Kits for the children.”
For more information, call 558-3500 or visit www.andoverlibrary.org.
Peter is at his grandfather's home in a forest clearing. One day Peter goes out into the clearing, leaving the garden gate open. The Duck, who lives in the yard, decides to go swimming on the nearby pond and encounters Peter’s friend, the Bird, along the way. The neighborhood Cat sneaks up on them, and the Bird – warned by Peter – flies into a tall tree, while the Duck swims to safety in the middle of the pond.
Grandfather scolds Peter for being outside in the meadow, warning him about wolves in the forest. When Peter argues with him, Grandfather takes him back into the house and locks the gate. Shortly afterwards, a Wolf does indeed come out of the woods. The Cat quickly climbs into the tree, but the Duck is chased, overtaken, and gulped down by the Wolf.
Peter fetches a rope and climbs over the garden wall into the tree. He asks the Bird to fly around the Wolf's head to distract him while he lowers a noose and catches the Wolf by his tail.
Page 2 of 2 - Hunters who have been tracking the Wolf come out of the forest, but Peter convinces them not to shoot. Instead, he leads a victory parade, escorting the Wolf to a zoo with the help of the Hunters, his friends and Grandfather.
About Ballet Wichita
For more than 38 years, Ballet Wichita has performed to 12,000 people each year through three major local productions and statewide tours. With a reputation and tradition of Artistic Quality, Ballet Wichita is the only ballet chosen by the Kansas Arts Commission for the Kansas Touring Artists Roster.
Through the company's educational outreach programs, Ballet Wichita has bused more than 135,000 elementary-age students to its annual matinee performances of The Nutcracker (often a first-time exposure to both dance and live theatre for the students), and conducted dance residencies in public schools throughout the state.
Ballet Wichita also is committed to providing exceptional opportunities for local and regional dancers, including the chance to observe and learn from professional guest artists in master classes; these artists are often among the foremost educators of dance in the world. The company has presented world-renowned dancers to the Wichita stage, such as Yoko Ichino, George de la Pena, Rebecca Wright, Gelsey Kirkland and companies such as The Bolshoi Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Twyla Tharp Dance Company.
Ballet Wichita’s performance season is funded in part by the NEA, a national agency; The Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency; the city of Wichita; and by the generosity of our supporters and friends.