Pacific Northwest Ballet School presents Snow White. Audiences young and old have a chance to see aspiring ballet artists live onstage in this timeless production.
Snow White runs for three shows only at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Performances are at 12:30 and 3:30 pm on Sunday, March 18; and 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 24. Young ballet-goers are encouraged to wear their favorite costume and arrive early for special crafts and a mini-dance class.
Like PNB’s other family-friendly productions of Pinocchio and Hansel & Gretel, Snow White is conceived and choreographed by Bruce Wells and will feature more than 70 students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School in each specially-created, hour-long matinee performance for children and families. (Snow White does not feature PNB Company dancers.)
Of course, you know the story. “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”
Why, Snow White, of course!
Cast out of her father’s home, the beautiful Snow White takes refuge with seven dwarves. Meanwhile, the evil Queen repeatedly attempts to harm the poor maiden. The Queen thinks she’s succeeded after Snow White bites a poison apple and falls into a deep slumber.
Hark! The Prince discovers the sleeping Snow White, falls in love, wakes her, and a grand wedding is planned.
Danced by the students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School and narrated by Seattle actor Tim Hyland, Snow White is an hour-long version of the treasured classic.
Snow White runs Sunday, March 18th (12:30 & 3:30 pm) and Saturday, March 24 (3:30 pm) at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall; tickets range from $25 to $60. All ages require a ticket for admission, including babes-in-arms. Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, in person at 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, and online at www.PNB.org, Tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to each performance, subject to availability. There are no day-of-show rush or TeenTix tickets available for this engagement. For group sales, contact Julie Jamieson at 206.441.2416 or JulieJ@PNB.org.
Music: Jules Massenet
Concept & Choreography: Bruce Wells
Staging: Michele Curtis
Scenic Design: Edith Whitsett
Costume Design: Pacific Northwest Ballet Costume Shop
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Choreographer Bruce Wells has created over 50 ballets. A native of Tacoma, Washington, Mr. Wells’ dance career began as a student at the School of American Ballet. He joined New York City Ballet, under the direction of George Balanchine, in 1967 and was promoted to soloist in 1969. His choreographic career began in workshops that Mr. Balanchine coached in the early 1970’s. From there he became resident choreographer for the Connecticut Ballet from 1975 to 1979, choreographing his first full length ballet, Coppelia in 1976. From 1979 to 1989 Mr. Wells was resident choreographer for the Boston Ballet, where he created over 20 works which included The Nutcracker, La Fee Mal Gardee, Swan Lake, and his highly acclaimed A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (From 1984 to 1989 he was also Associate Artistic Director for the company.) He then joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theater for six seasons as resident choreographer, creating new productions of Romeo & Juliet, Firebird and The Great Gatsby among others. Mr. Wells has choreographed works for The Australian Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Cincinnati Ballet, The Nashville Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, and many more. For over 16 years Mr. Wells was on the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Mr. Wells created three children’s ballets for PNB School: Snow White, Hansel & Gretel and Pinocchio. A frequent guest teacher and freelance choreographer, his most recent assignment was as guest teacher for the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam.
Guest artist Tim Hyland has performed at most of the theaters in Seattle. Favorite roles include Falstaff in Henry IV 1 (Seattle Shakespeare); Galileo, (Strawberry Theater Workshop); Big Stone in Eurydice (ACT Theater); Hamlet, (Bathhouse Theatre); Jake in Stones in His Pockets, (CHAC); and Pa in Into the West, (Seattle Children’s Theater), where he performed in 25 productions. Around the country he has performed at Stages Repertory Theater, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Tygres Heart, and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. He now encourages children around the world to be champions, performing and training The NED Show, a character-building assembly for elementary school students (thenedshow.com).