By Maria Delgado
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet is celebrating its 58th year with a production of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" starring nearly 100 dancers. The cast features several seniors who have been dancing with SDCYB for 10-12 years. Most of the seniors portray the princesses and bring years of experience to the roles. As royalty they get to disappear from a locked castle bedroom and dance the night away deep in the forest. Their mysterious activities keep their dad, the king, in a state of confusion, as well as several enterprising princes duped. It also keeps several cobblers very busy repairing shoes and some sneaky forest creatures delighted at the deception. The Brother Grimm's fairytale would not be complete though without an equally resourceful prince to break the spell and win the hand of the eldest princess. Set the exciting choreography to the music of the masters and you have a ballet to entertain all ages of a story-loving audience.
Performances are at the Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park May 16th @ 7pm, 17th @ 2pm & 6pm and the 18th @ 2pm. Tickets are $10 loge and $12 orchestra and are available at the box office which opens two hours before each show. For information call 619-233-3060 or visit www.sdcyb.org
Pictured: Deana Herberger, Leilah Chew, Angelique Gonzales, Andie Bradley, Felicia Alvarez
“Volatile, fascinating... a spectacle” describes City Ballet’s presentation of Carl Orff’s raucous dance-theater piece of 13th century verses known as Carmina Burana with original choreography by Resident Choreographer Elizabeth Wistrich. Three performances will be presented May 16-17, 2003 at the historic Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway in downtown San Diego. The company celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season, is under the direction of Steven and Elizabeth Wistrich, both international ballet dancers formerly with Bosto Balley and Stuttgart Ballet.
Performance times are 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, May 16 & 17 and 2 pm on Sunday, May 18. Ticket prices are $32 for orchestra seating, $26 for mezzanine seating and $19 for balcony seating. Friday Night Special for under age 30 is $10.
For more information or to order tickets call City Ballet’s Box Office or TicketMaster at (619) 220-TIXS.
Guitar Orchestra Concert at MiraCosta
MiraCosta College’s guitar orchestra will perform music from around the world in a concert slated for May 18 at 2 p.m. in the MiraCosta College Theatre, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside.
The program will include folk songs from Africa, Malaysia, Fiji, Scotland, India and Peru; styles will range from Renaissance music to contemporary Brazilian sounds. Vocalists will accompany the orchestra for select pieces.
The 18-member guitar orchestra is directed by guitar instructor Eric Foster who has performed internationally as a concert artist for more than 20 years.
Admission to the concert is $7; students and seniors, $5. For more information, call the Box Office at (760) 795-6815.
Fifteenth Annual San Diego American Indian Cultural Days
The Indian Human Resource Center, San Diego City Schools Indian Education Program, and the Native Americans Council invite the public to attend S.D. American Indian Culture Days (AICD), Saturday and Sunday, May 17 & 18, 20003, 10 am to 6 pm, in San Diego’s Balboa Park on Park Blvd. and Presidents Way.
AICD serves as a showcase for American Indian performing groups commencing at 10 am with the Kumeyaay Bird Singers who perform -via singing, dancing and rattles- the very ancient bird songs of the local nations of this county. The Danza Oceolotl Aztec Dancers will present the ceremonies of the Mesoame-rican Indian nations - their drumming, dancing and colorful regalia is an awesome sight.
Children and adults will love the very talented Abel Silvas, who is his “Running Grunion” persona, is one of the best (and certainly the funniest) California Indian storytellers.
AICD will move into full-bore POWWOW mode on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with gourd dancing, fancy dancing, shawl dances, grass dancing, women’s buckskin and other traditional dance styles.
Come and enjoy shopping at 40 juried artisan booths featuring high-quality American Indian jewelry, pottery, paintings, beadwork, and many other arts and crafts from American Indian nations .
This is a free, family fun-oriented event. Please call (858) 627-7362 or (619) 281-5964 for more information.
El Cajon Valley Jamboree 2003
Cajon Valley Jamboree 2003 celebrates 55 years of bringing together our multi-cultural community of El Cajon for a weekend of fun, food and entertainment for all ages, on May 16, 17 and 18, 2003.
Holy Trinity Schools grounds at 405 Ballard Street, 1 block east of First Street in El Cajon, will be decorated in the Western Theme, and there will be lots of ethnic foods, good old western hardies, and deep pit barbecue delicacies. There will be a great variety of games and prizes for children, and live entertainment all weekend long. Crafters will display their unique wares all weekend. Our East County Car Show will be on hand on Saturday, and our El Cajon Fire Department, El Police Department, American Red Cross, California Highway Patrol as well as several other Organizations will put on an Emergency Demonstration on Sunday. The Army’s ROCK will be out and available on Saturday and Sunday. Bid on some of the great values in both our Silent Auction on Saturday, and the Live Auction on Sunday afternoon.
Its an event for all the community. Come and discover your neighbors.
CYT Is Going Pig-Wild
Christian Youth Theater (CYT) of South County will present Charlotte’s Web at Southwestern College, Mayan Hall, May 23 thru June 1.
The PIG is the delightful Wilbur from the book Charlotte’s Web written by E.B. White and hailed at “the best American children’s book written in 200 years.” The story appeals to young and old. This musical features a cast of 58 students with additional students who manage the technical parts of the show including lighting, sound and props.
Performance dates for Charlotte’s Web are May 23, 24 & 30 at 7:00 p.m. and May 24, 31 & June 1 at 2:00 pm. at Southwestern College, Mayan Hall, 900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista. All seats are reserved and ticket prices are $8 for children under 12 and $10 for adults. The Bargain Day performance is Saturday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m. with all tickets at $7.
For tickets phone 619-588-0206 or 800-696-1929.
“1-2-3...Imagine!” Comes to San Diego on May 29
Where will imagination take you when you close your eyes and count to three? Anywhere you want to be! Children and their families in San Diego are invited to help make a world of adventure come to life with Elmo, Rosita, Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street Live friends in VEE Corporation’s “1-2-3... Imagine!” This imagination-inspired musical will transport you to far away places when “1-2-3... Imagine!” makes a stop at the San Diego Sports Arena from Thursday, May 29 to Sunday, June 1.
Tickets are $17 and $13. Opening night, all seats are $11 (including premium). For more information, call the San Diego Sports Arena Event Hotline at 619-224-4176. For information online, visit our website at www.sesamestreet live.com.