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What to do in Oklahoma on April 19, 2014: See Oklahoma City Ballet's "Beauty and the Beast"

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: April 19, 2014 at 7:10 am •  Published: April 19, 2014
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Principal dancer Miki Kawamura performs as Belle in Oklahoma City Ballet’s new production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Company artist DaYoung Jung also is dancing as Belle during the three-show run, while principal dancers Ronnie Underwood and Yui Sato split time as the Beast. Photo provided by Simon Hurst
Principal dancer Miki Kawamura performs as Belle in Oklahoma City Ballet’s new production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Company artist DaYoung Jung also is dancing as Belle during the three-show run, while principal dancers Ronnie Underwood and Yui Sato split time as the Beast. Photo provided by Simon Hurst

Today’s featured event:

See the Oklahoma City Ballet’s new adaptation of the “tale as old as time” “Beauty and the Beast” at 2 and 8 p.m. today at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. The performance are the final of the company’s 2013-14 season.

As previously reported, audiences won’t find talking candlesticks and frolicking flatware, but the ballet company’s version of “Beauty and Beast” boasts plenty of magic, including sprites and goblins, an enchanted peacock and of course, the powerful witch who turns the prince into the Beast. When he was adapting the story, OKC Ballet Artistic Director Robert Mills told me in an interview he had to pick and choose what he would take from the various versions of the venerable tale, including the Walt Disney one.

“When we did ‘Phantom of the Opera’ it was a concern as well. You know, people think so readily of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, and I think with this, people do think readily of the Disney cartoon,” Mills said. “I would say what we’re doing is probably a lot darker than the Disney cartoon. It’s actually, I would say, more real, as real as this fantasy can be. There’s plenty of funny things, there’s plenty of cute things, but it’s a little … more adult in nature — but still something that families and children will absolutely enjoy.”

Since the ballet focuses so much of the title couple, that means the dancers in those roles have to largely carry the production, which features plenty of duet dancing, or pas de deux. Principal dancers Ronnie Underwood and Yui Sato are splitting time as the Beast during the three-show run, while principal dancer Miki Kawamura and company artist DaYoung Jung are performing as Belle.

For more information, call 848-8637 or go to www.okcballet.com.

For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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