Ballet Theatre of Illinois Presents “Carnival of the Animals,” March 5 & 6, 2016

The buffalo bellowed, the falcon took flight,
The tail of the peacock unfurled.
but among them emerged an astonishing sight:
Pale apparitions invading the night.
In place of the animals, into the light
Stepped the people from Oliver’s world.

~ From Carnival of the Animals by John Lithgow, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2004)
Carnival of the Animals

Ballet Theatre of Illinois proudly presents Carnival of the Animals, performing March 5 and 6, 2016 at the Libertyville High School Auditorium.

BTI’s presentation is a condensed version of a full-length ballet inspired by the John Lithgow book, which was originally created as a narration of the New York City Ballet production.

Photo courtesy of Ballet Theatre of Illinois
Photo courtesy of Ballet Theatre of Illinois

Choreographer Isabele Elefson spices up the production with a few unexpected twists that brings to life  wild animals, birds, bees, and lovely garden flowers. Viewers will be whisked away into a dream-like fantasy that will delight, amuse and surprise.  With a short running time of 45-minutes, it’s the perfect performance for the young and young at heart with short attention spans.

Carnival of the Animals Ballet Theatre of Illinois Dance Academy of Libertyville
Photo courtesy of Ballet Theatre of Illinois

If you missed the sold out story hour performance at Dance Academy of Libertyville last week, now is your opportunity to reserve seats for your entire family to witness the magical menagerie for yourself!

Calling all Brownie and Girls Scout Troops

As a bonus, Ballet Theatre of Illinois is offering a special opportunity for scouts. Troops are invited to attend the performance on Saturday March 5th.

Photo Source Ballet Theatre of Illinois Facebook page
Photo Source Ballet Theatre of Illinois Facebook page

Children may participate in a short class and tour the theatre.  Includes an exclusive chance to go backstage and learn other aspects of performance such as, choreography, staging, make-up, and costuming.  Through this program, troops will fulfill all requirements to complete the Quest Journey Dancer Badge.

Troops must pre-register and purchase tickets in advance. $13 per person includes performance, meet and greet, and badge completion.  Please call (847) 247-2240 or email [email protected] Leave a message for Group Sales Coordinator. She will get back to you with tickets, maps and general instructions for the day.

Photo courtesy of Ballet Theatre of Illinois
Photo courtesy of Ballet Theatre of Illinois

Carnival of the Animals
March 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. and March 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Libertyville High School Auditorium, 708 W. Park Ave.

Tickets: $15.00, group of 10+ $13.00
To purchase tickets call (847) 247-2240 or stop by Dance Academy of Libertyville, 746 E. Park Ave.
Tickets will also be available at the door.

Connect with Ballet Theatre of Illinois
Company in residence at Dance Academy of Libertyville
746 E. Park Ave., Libertyville
(847) 247-1327 | Facebook |[email protected]

Disclosure:  Ballet Theatre of Illinois is a company in residence at Dance Academy of Libertyville. Dance Academy of Libertyville is a Little Lake County paid advertising partner. 


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