PITTSBURG — Midwest Regional Ballet is bring a Christmas classic to Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium this weekend.
The company will present “Stolen Christmas,” which is loosely based on “The Grinch who Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with performances at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission seating in the balcony.
The show features around 50 dancers on stage as young as two years old. It will also feature some new experiences and familiar faces.
“We did the show seven years ago for the first time,” MRB Director Kaye Lewis said. “And Kailan Peters played our Cindy Lou Who for that show, and now she is playing Betty Lou Who, the mother.”
The role of Cindy Lou Who will be performed by Karissa Chase and will be her first solo role.
While Lewis is the Director of the dance company, this show has been put together by her studio instructors, including Natalie Cossey, Lyndsey Bowen, Erin Williams and Allison Black.
“There’s such an array of different music and different dance styles,” Cossey said of the show. “Which I think keeps it really entertaining.”
The show features many classic Christmas songs, but covered in rock, swing and even hip-hop styles, including songs from the 2000 Grinch movie.
The mix of music, children and exciting costumes make the show perfect for families, Lewis said.
In the spring, MRB will be returning to Memorial Auditorium to produce Cinderella.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.