PITTSBURG — Roses will spiral in the air as Beauty and the Beast twirl through the garden of Beast’s castle while women frozen as statues watch the grim tale unfurl.
Midwest Region Ballet, under the direction of Kaye Lewis, will perform French author Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve’s book “Beauty and the Beast,” published in 1740.
The dancers will use their skills of Pointe’, contemporary dance and aerial silks to tell a “tale as old as time.”
Lewis said she selected Villeneuve’s version of the story because it is one which is “grim” and “torrid” in comparison to the “happier” version of Beauty and the Beast which people may be familiar with.
“The book has a little more flavor,” she said.
In Villeneuve’s book Beauty actually has six sisters and six brothers, the sisters at the end of the story get turned into statues. The statues “are women who have been scorned or have not been nice people in real life so they get put into Beast’s garden as statues,” Lewis said.
The prince was turned into a beast after rejecting the love of a mauvaise fée or “bad fairy,” who then turned him into a “stupid, hideously ugly beast.” A bonne fée or “good fairy” counteracts the spell.
“If anyone falls in love with the beast, even though he’s hideous and ignorant then he will revert back to his former self as a prince, but it all has to happen before the enchanted rose dies,” Lewis said.
In the performance, dancers will represent the enchanted rose, in a silk or aerial solo, slowly dying and falling off of the vine.  

Want to go?
The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. running through Nov. 15 to Nov. 17 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets are $15 for lower level seating, $12 Balcony and $10 for children under the age of 13. Tickets may be purchased at memorialauditorium.org or by calling 620-231-7827. Recommended for all ages.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.