Issue 20pulse

The Flights of Fancy

Fairy Tales and Fantasy

bringham ballet If you’re looking to start your holiday season with a sprinkle of funny, don’t miss “Elf the Musical” in its two-day debut to the Gallo Center for the Arts on Nov. 17 and 18.

Let the Bringham Youn University’s Theatre Ballet dance into your heart, bringing all your childhood dreams to life. Ballet’s favorite princes and princesses take the stage for two enchanting shows. There’s also a pre-show Prince and Princess Party for royalty of any age where you can meet the ballet company and take pictures before the performance.

Fairy Tales and Fantasy condenses all of the stage’s most popular ballets into one magical evening. Keep your eye out for delightful performances from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, and Paquita.

Brigham Young University is one of the largest and most successful dance programs in the country and comes readily equipped with both classical and original choreography. If you’re looking for a storybook ending for your evening, make sure to don your glass shoes and hurry to Fairy Tales and Fantasy.

Gallo Center for the Arts
Feb. 27, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., $15-25

Peking Acrobats

Peking 1Every time you see a rendition of Frank Capra’s classic, an angel gets his wings. Four years ago, The Gallo Center for the Arts and the California State University, Stanislaus theatre department collaborated on the 2010 production of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play and sold out four massively successful performances.

Tumble into the most astonishing show of the month with China’s extraordinarily gifted contortionists, jugglers, cyclists and gymnasts. The show is complimented by a band of live musicians playing time-honored Chinese instruments.The tradition of acrobatics in China is one that dates back thousands of years and it demands that every generation perfect the evolving art with its own improvements and embellishments. This is no easy feat, making acrobatics in China a high honor — and one that the Peking Acrobats have mastered.

Marvel at their precarious dance on a pagoda of chairs and wonder at how they defy gravity while employing flawless contortion, flexibility, and control. The Peking Acrobats “push the envelope of human possibility,” and are one show you don’t want to miss.

Gallo Center for the Arts
Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., $15-45

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