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VIDEO: Ballet Excel Ohio's 'Little Mermaid' to swim into Akron Civic Theatre

by April Helms Reporter Published: February 20, 2017 2:48 PM
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Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale about a mermaid who falls in love with a human prince gets a different twist with Ballet Excel Ohio.

The youth ballet troupe, based in Cuyahoga Falls, will bring back its version of "The Little Mermaid" March 11 and 12 at the Akron Civic Theatre. The ballet, choreographed by Tom Gold, premiered in 2012. It relates the tale of a young mermaid, who rescues a shipwrecked prince. An evil sea witch grants her human legs, in exchange for her golden harp. However, unlike the Andersen story, this 'Little Mermaid' ends happily ever after.

"The music is incredible," said Mia Klinger, artistic director. "It's one of my favorites."

The music is by French composer, Andre Messager.

Klinger said she chose to bring back this particular ballet because of the number of strong younger dancers in this year's troupe.

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"We definitely have a lot of young strength in the company right now. I wanted a younger dancer for the little mermaid. I went with an older dancer last time, but this time I wanted a little mermaid."

Dancing in the titular role is Elizabeth Coughlin, 12; Jade Blankenship, 11, a student at East Woods Elementary in Hudson, is understudy.

"Her grandmother was dancer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater," Klinger said of Coughlin. "It's in her blood."

The opening ballet is USO Radio Show 1942, which is one part of a three-part ballet, Klinger said.

"I always liked it as its own ballet," Klinger said. "It's such a fun piece."

Shows are at 2 and 7 p.m. March 11, and at 2 p.m. March 12.

Tickets available at balletexcelohio.org or Akron Civic Theatre box office, in person or by calling 330-253-2488.

Email: ahelms@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9423

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