We are hopping with excitement at the thought of the Easter treats we have lined up for families this year, from twirling workshops to fresh performances of Roald Dahl classics. The holidays offer an ideal time to be further immersed in the performing arts and, with such a wide selection available at various times of the day, there are plenty of exciting opportunities for the whole family to enjoy the theatre together.
Vienna Festival Ballet proudly present excerpts from the world’s most beloved Tchaikovsky ballets in their 35th Anniversary Gala (Wed 1 April, 7.30pm), taking the audience on an unforgettable journey through the best of ballet in one magical evening. Highlights will include the legendary Rose Adagio and the Bluebird pas de deux from Sleeping Beauty, as well as Clara’s journey to the glittering land of snow in The Nutcracker. Gershwin’s ground breaking Rhapsody in Blue is also featured, as is the famous lakeside scene from Swan Lake, including the Dance of the Cygnets. The highly successful Hip Hop scene from Vienna Festival Ballet’s Snow White also appears here, as does the Dance of the Mirlitons and the Trepak Dance from the Nutcracker. The gala closes with the beautiful Corn pas de deux from Coppélia and a spectacular grand finale.
Artistic Director Peter Mallek explains, “A lot of the bigger companies cannot perform in smaller venues. We have tailored our productions so that we are able to adjust the ballet to fit all different sizes of stage. This means we can bring ballet as close to home for our audiences as possible, so they don’t have extra travel costs and long journeys. They can see a very high standard of ballet at an affordable price, right on their doorstep.”
Not only that, Vienna Festival Ballet are also offering a pre-show Introduction to Ballet Workshop for those aged 7+ (Wed 1 April, 5pm). Participants will watch and learn how the dancers prepare themselves and warm their muscles before the performance, including exercises at the barre, which will then lead to the dazzling displays of virtuosity seen in the centre. After the warm up and choreography there will be an informal chat about the origins of ballet and the story of the following performance, and the children will also have the opportunity to learn some of the choreography. Costumes and pointe shoes will also be shown giving attendees a well rounded and insightful experience.
Other workshops for the kids this Easter include Pom Poms & Twirling (Mon 30 & Tues 31 March, 10am) which combines fun and energetic movement with gymnastics. There’s no better way to improve hand and eye co-ordination and participants will also develop spatial awareness, strength, flexibility, stamina, and poise. Those who are more inclined towards the theatrical can join Play In Two Days (Thurs 9 & Fri 10 April, 10am), where they will explore their favourite Roald Dahl characters and stories to create a show that is sure to impress family and friends.
London Contemporary Theatre is committed to creating exciting, fast-paced Theatre and Radio Theatre. Using live original music, they bring classic theatre to a contemporary audience and they will perform a wonderfully fresh interpretation of Roald Dahl’s Danny The Champion of the World on Tuesday 7 April, 2.30pm.
To tickle the funny bone is Christian Lee’s POP! (Tues 31 March 2.30pm), a mind-blowing feast of illusion and comedy centred on a day at the seaside for all of the family to enjoy together. Lee was a finalist of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, grand finalist of Britain Does Variety 2012, and was also nominated Best Host 2014 at the London Cabaret Awards. He is a member of the InnerMagic Circle with Silver Star (the highest endorsement for a performing magician) and performs magic ranging from close up illusions to full stage productions with tongue in cheek humour and a performance style that is often compared to the late great Tommy Cooper.
When the city of San Fransokyo is under attack from a super villain, the moreishly huggable plus sized inflatable droid Baymax teams up with a group of friends who transform themselves into a band of high-tech heroes and set out to save the day in Walt Disney’s Big Hero 6 (Mon 30 March 2.30pm & Thurs 2 April 2.30pm). Shaun the Sheep gets his own big screen outing in the latest stop frame wonder from Aardman Animations (Fri 3 April 2.30pm & Sat 4 April 4pm) and there’s another chance to see the big screen debut of Michael Bond’s much loved bear from Darkest Peru in Paddington. (Mon 6 April 2pm, Wed 8 April 4pm, Mon 13 April 11am).
Ticket prices vary and can be booked through The Roses Theatre Box Office on 01684 295074 or by clicking the links above.