The Edmond Sun

January 22, 2014

Armstrong Auditorium presents back-to-back performances from the Moscow Festival Ballet

Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote set stage Jan. 27-28


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Armstrong Auditorium begins its 2014 season with two nights of performances from the Moscow Festival Ballet, beginning Jan. 27 with Sleeping Beauty, followed by Don Quixote on Jan. 28, both at 7:30 p.m.

“Marius Petipa’s choreography in both of these performances features a lovely display of exquisite ballet and Russian tradition,” said Ryan Malone, Armstrong Auditorium concert manager. “With one ballet portraying a popular children’s story and the other depicting a story of adventure and chivalry, Moscow Festival Ballet is sure to illustrate spectacular performances the entire family can enjoy.”

Set to the music composed by Peter Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty is a story of a young princess who pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep, only to be awoken by a spell-breaking kiss from her prince. This traditional story comes to life with the talent and grace of the 50 Moscow Festival Ballet dancers.

Don Quixote is a ballet based on the world-famous novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes. Taking place during the 1600s, this beloved story features the escapades of a Spanish hidalgo who goes by the name of Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza. Guests will get lost in the story as both Don Quixote and Sancho set sail seeking adventure.

Armstrong Auditorium’s scientifically engineered auditorium ensures that each guest will have the optimum experience. With only 75 feet from the back of the auditorium to the stage, every audience member will enjoy a quality experience while watching the performances.

“We have guests from all over Oklahoma and even neighboring states coming to Armstrong Auditorium,” said Shane Granger, Armstrong Auditorium marketing director. “Year after year we have seen that some of our biggest draws come from the different ballet performances; so we are thrilled and honored to welcome the talented performers from the Moscow Festival Ballet.”

Both ballets are full-length performances separated into three acts. Tickets can be purchased separately for both performances.

For more information on ticket options, subscriptions, group rates or current exhibits, visit ArmstrongAuditorium.org or call 285-1010. Tickets start at $42 for balcony seating and $94 for orchestra.