It was a show to delight young and old alike, as evidenced by the fans clamoring around the dancers, asking for autographs. The Appalachian Ballet capped off an incredible season with the ballet’s Spring Show in early March at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville.
The season began outside with Blue Jeans and Ballet at Maryville College, which included live music by RobinElla. Mid-season extravaganza was the traditional “Nutcracker,” which added extra sparkle and beauty to the Christmas season this year with some new additions to the set design and beautifully choreographed numbers.
The Spring Show offered a mix of classical ballet numbers, family- and kid-friendly “Peter and the Wolf,” a industrial-techno piece and the debut of dancer Brittany Blum as a choreographer.
Each piece seemed to delight the audience as the show kept a fast-clip. A Peter Pan number that featured the Lost Boys included the entire Appalachian Ballet Company, from ages 10 and up.
The brass ensemble from the Knoxville Symphony, with Sande MacMorran conducting, accompanied the dancers with live music for “Peter and the Wolf.” The use of the Symphony performers was made possible with a gift from a music and ballet enthusiast, Elizabeth Koester, said the company Artistic Director Amy Moore Morton. Other special attractions included the debut of 18-year-old Brittany Blum as a choreographer. She choreography two pieces for the show. Brittany is also a senior dancers with the ballet company.
After the performance, the costumed stars of “Peter and the Wolf” came to the Bijou lobby to thank the patrons for coming, much to the delight of the children in the audience, who immediately lined up for photographs and autographs from Peter, the Duck, the Wolf and the hunters.
A reception after the performance at the Bistro was held to thank sponsors, contributors, dancers and patrons of the ballet company.