‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’ coming to EPAC

By on February 13, 2019
Dancers (left to right) Grace Ritchey, Riely Huaman and Illsa Chasser will perform in “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” at EPAC later this month.

Contemporary Ballet of PA (COBALT) will perform an original ballet based on the fairytale, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” at Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC) with three performances Feb. 23 through 24.

The choreography features some of the region’s most accomplished dancers, including Isabella Williams, who plays the eldest Princess and her husband, Emmanuel Williams, of Lancaster, who plays the Prince of the Enchanted Kingdom. Rachel Male, Meghan Kosmela and Ilisa Chasser, seniors at Hempfield High School, are also featured prominently, as are homeschoolers Declan Casey, of York, who plays the Shepherd and Magnolia Williams, of Mountville who performs as the Seventh Princess. Travis Love, classical ballet teacher and veteran performer, plays the King.

The choreography, by COBALT Artistic Director Shari Vegso, is set to music of Britten, Gluck and Mozart. It weaves the mysterious and amusing tale of a King with 12 daughters who always seem to need new shoes.

“This ballet is truly a celebration of love, dance and some very exciting music” explains Vegso. “We are thrilled to be performing another brand new production at EPAC following our sold-out shows last February of our ballet Cinderella.”

Performances are appropriate for the whole family. Show times are Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Visit EphrataPerformingArtsCenter.com or call the EPAC box office at 717-733-7966 to purchase. All tickets are $20.

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