Friday, 4 December 2015
Chelmsford prepares for The Sleeping Beauty
Cara O'Shea, one of Northern Ballet Academy's most popular teachers, danced Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty with Chelmsford Ballet when she was only 15. In March that role will be danced by Scarlett Mann. She danced the leading role enchantingly in last March's Pineapple Poll (see Another Photo from Chelmsford's Pineapple Poll 3 April 2015). According to the company's blog she picked up some tips for dancing Aurora from Roberta Marquez herself (see Masterclass with Roberta Marquez 18 Nov 2015 Chelmsford Ballet Company Blog).
As you can see from the events diary there will be a lot of rehearsals over the next few weeks but also some fun. On Saturday 19 Dec 2015 the company will be taking part in "The biggest Christmas musical extravaganza in Essex!" at the Brentwood Centre, As Essex is not known for doing anything by halves this should be quite an occasion. The dancers will perform excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty while the Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society will sing Once in Royal David's City, Sleigh Ride, Walking In The Air, Cowboy Carol, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Hark! The Herald and much more. Tickets cost £16 and may be booked on-line. Looking further ahead I see that the Hutton and Shenfield are singing Ein Deutsches Requiem. The Choral performed that a few years ago here in Huddersfield. It is a lovely work which I recommend.
On 29 Dec 2015 members of the company will travel up to town to see Gillian Lynne's Cats at the London Palladium. This is one of the most popular shows in the West End and tickets are not easy to obtain. They have hired a coach and driver and have offered the whole package at a remarkably reasonable price. It sounds a lot of fun and if I lived closer to Chelmsford I would have joined them. I wish everyone in the party a very pleasant evening.
After CATS there are rehearsals and more rehearsals for The Sleeping Beauty before the show opens at the Civic Theatre on 16 March 2016. Tickets are on sale and can be booked on-line. Tickets cost between £12 and £16.50.
I should say that there is another Sleeping Beauty doing the rounds and that is Matthew Bourne's. The reason I mention that show is that Christopher Marney, Chelmsford Ballet Company's patron, is dancing in the show. I saw it in Bradford on 28 March 2013 and was very impressed by Marney's performance. He danced Prince Lilac. It was the first time that remarkable young talent had come to my attention and I have been following him ever since. The production is touring the country between now and April with a long stunt in Sadler's Wells.