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Ballet Austin's Original Not Afraid of the Dark Returns September 15th and 16th

Updated: Friday, August 31 2012, 08:57 AM CDT
By Rob Faubion, AustinOnStage.com

Ballet Austin II will perform "The Show that Glows!®" - a glow-in-the-dark ballet featuring original music by Joe Scruggs at the Paramount Theatre on September 15th and 16th.

Ballet Austin’s second company, Ballet Austin II, will light up the Paramount Theatre stage with a return of the original glow-in-the-dark ballet, Not Afraid of the Dark.  Featuring the choreography of Stephen Mills set to the whimsical tunes of award-winning children’s recording artist Joe Scruggs, the production turns the darkness into a place to laugh, sing, clap, dream, dance and do everything imaginable - except be afraid.
 
"The Show that Glows!®" was the result of a two-and-a-half year collaboration between Ballet Austin Artistic Director Mills and nationally known children's recording artist Scruggs.  Now in its 10th year of touring, Ballet Austin II continues to captivate with the luminous family favorite.

Featuring brilliant lighting effects and glow-painted figures gliding and pirouetting across the stage, the show opens on a summer evening with the fading light of dusk, in a backyard with trees and tall grass, and children chasing fireflies. Dusk turns to twilight and then to darkness as the children head off to bed. 
 
As one child’s dreams begin, the lights turn out and the magic of the glow-in-the-dark special effects take the stage. Parents and kids are transported to a fantastical place where darkness isn’t scary but, rather, a wonderland where no one is afraid.
    
“This unique collaboration is a wonderful opportunity to talk to young audiences in a playful, childlike atmosphere exploring the most universal of children’s fears – the dark,” said Mills. “One of my goals when creating this ballet was to open the world of dance and art to children in a format that is not only accessible but enjoyable for the entire family.”
    
Performances will run at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on September 15th and 16th.  Tickets start at $13.
    
The Paramount Theatre is located downtown at 713 Congress Avenue.  For tickets or more information, call (512) 472-5470 or visit www.AustinTheatre.org or www.BalletAustin.org.
 
(Photo courtesy Ballet Austin)Ballet Austin's Original Not Afraid of the Dark Returns September 15th and 16th


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