Some ballets are too hard, some ballets are too soft but later this year a ballet that is just right for children will have its world première at a Yorkshire theatre before setting off on a national tour in 2017.
Northern Ballet, who have become adept at presenting traditional stories for a young audience, will perform their adaptation of the classic children’s fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds.
The production is the latest in the series of Northern Ballet’s award-winning ballets created especially to introduce young children to live dance, music and theatre.
The Leeds-based company not only tours its children’s ballets to standalone venues but also performs at theatres on Northern Ballet’s main scale tour which this year includes Sadler’s Wells in London.
All four of the company’s previous children’s ballets - Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs, Elves and the Shoemaker and Tortoise & the Hare - have been adapted for TV by CBeebies with Tortoise and the Hare to have its first screening on the channel on Easter Monday.
The new ballet will première in Leeds with 17 performances from October 24 to 29 before touring extensively next year.
Daniel de Andrade, artistic director of Northern Ballet’s Short Ballets for Small People, said: ‘We are excited to announce Goldilocks and the Three Bears as our next ballet for children.
“Since its inception these ballets have enchanted children and their families across the UK and for many offered the first opportunity to attend the theatre and to experience live ballet and music.
“Our children’s ballets are created with the needs of our audience in mind and as such are designed to be short, captivating and uplifting.”
It has been choreographed by Nicola Gervasi, who is currently a junior soloist with the Northern Ballet, and will feature set designs by Jane Cecchi, lighting by Alastair West, costume designs by Kim Brassley and Carley Marsh and music composed by John Longstaff.
Tickets for Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre are on sale now with tickets priced at £6 for adults and £4.50 for children. Tickets can be booked online at theatreleeds.com or by calling the Box Office on 0113 220 8008.