September 28, 2022 Worthington Spotlight
Hixon Dance and the Worthington Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Antoine Clark, are collaborating on a special performance in October.
Peter and the Wolf, the beloved story with orchestral score by Sergei Prokofiev, will be brought to life in this charming and funny production. This “symphonic fairytale for children” will not only introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra, but to modern dance as a story-telling medium.
With original choreography by Sarah Hixon, director of the Clintonville-based dance company, this fresh retelling retains the basic story line. It centers around a Russian boy named Peter (played by Alex Graban), who captures an antagonistic Wolf (Victoria Alesi) with the help of his animal companions: the Bird (Alicia Hann), the Duck (Rachael Riggs Leyva), and the Cat (Samantha Conte).
The performance tells the story of mischievous Peter, who disobeys his grandfather, climbs over a wall, and is surprised by a wolf. What happens next when Peter gets help from his animal friends tells about the fate of the wolf.
Each character takes movement inspiration from real animals. The cast is rounded out by the scolding Grandfather (David J. Krohn) who also serves as the narrator, and the Hunters (Camryn Nease and Annie Scott).
Performances are planned for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 1 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 2, at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St. in Worthington.
To order tickets and for more information, visit the web site mcconnellarts.org/on-stage/.
Hixon Dance is located at 5080 N. High St., across from the Graceland Shopping Center.
It is supported by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Columbus Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. The company, operating for more than 15 years, creates compelling and finely crafted productions of high artistic caliber, often collaborating with musicians, playwrights and other mediums.
For more information, visit hixondance.com.