Cache Valley Civic Ballet is proud to present a double feature for our Spring Ballet. Act I will be a performance of Hansel and Gretel and Act II we will perform the second act of Paquita, a ballet with Spanish flare.
Hansel and Gretel is an adaptation of the traditional story. It begins with Hansel and Gretel being sent into the woods by their mother to pick berries as punishment for not finishing their work. In the forest Hansel and Gretel meet other children, as well as many magical beings. Hansel and Gretel leave a trail of breadcrumbs to help them find their way back, but unfortunately some baby birds come along and eat the breadcrumbs. The children become lost. Angels come to protect them through the night. The next day they find a delicious looking gingerbread house. Unfortunately, an evil witch lives there and captures Hansel and Gretel. The witch prepares the oven to cook up the children. In the process, Gretel acts in the right moment and pushes the witch into the oven. A celebration follows in which Hansel and Gretel are reunited with their parents.
Paquita was first staged as a 2 act ballet in Russia in 1847, we are presenting a scene from Act II. The heroine is the young Gypsy girl, Paquita who is really of noble birth. Paquita was abducted by Gypsies when she was an infant and grew up as a gypsy. She saves the life of a young French officer, who was the target of a Spanish governor who desires to have him. Paquita and the French officer fall in love and marry.