Everyone's favourite dancing mouse comes to town

Wednesday 15 February 2012, 8:42AM
By Royal New Zealand Ballet

Angelina Ballerina, the star of some twenty popular children’s books and an animated TV series, will soon be appearing in towns throughout the country in Royal New Zealand Ballet’s much anticipated Meridian Season of Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition.

A second RNZB company has just returned from a hugely successful tour of Australia, performing to more than 62,000 Angelina fans in six centres including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Originally an English National Ballet production, Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition features dancers from Australia and New Zealand as well as cast members who performed with ENB.

Designed with the youngest audience in mind, this charming ballet provides the perfect treat for children from age two and upwards. The 75-minute performance (including a 20-minute interval) features ballet, hip hop, contemporary dance, tap dancing and ''a little bit of magic''.

RNZB Managing Director, Amanda Skoog, says, “The production may be the first many children have experienced, so it has to be the right introduction to dance and theatre. This show is not condescending but fun and charming and it literally brings the books to life.”

In a production packed with colourful characters and costumes, Angelina prepares for her most important performance ever…in front of a judge from the Camembert Academy. Will she be good enough? Will her dreams come true?

All are welcome to don their mouse ears at The Meridian Season of Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition, opening in New Zealand on 18 March and touring nationally until 6 May.

Palmerston North: 18 March, New Plymouth: 21 March, Rotorua: 23 March, Tauranga: 25 March, Whangarei: 28 March, Hamilton: 31 March, Napier: 4 April, Hastings: 6 April, Auckland: 11-13 April, Takapuna: 15 April, Wellington: 19-21 April, Blenheim: 24 April, Ashburton: 28-29 April, Invercargill: 2 May, Dunedin: 4 May, Timaru: 6 May.

“Guaranteed to charm an army of small children – boys, note, as well as girls,” The Times.