TALES FROM MOTHER GOOSE
The SCDT interprets the imaginary world of Mother Goose in a delightful presentation of "Tales from Mother Goose" on March 22, 23, and 24 at the FMU Performing Arts Center. Whismical, entertaining, and sophisticated dances bring fairy tales and nursery rhymes from the days of old into the modern world with ballet interpretations. Complete with a Mother Goose ballerina, the Company uses vignettes to present some of the traditional and popular rhymes such as "The Old Woman in the Shoe," "Three Little Kittens, " "Little Bo Peep," and "Little Miss Muffet." Saluting the first known written fairy tales by Charles Perrault under the title "Tales of My Mother Goose," published in 1695, the ballet also includes the traditional and familiar tales such as Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and Cinderella.
Although in modern times the traditional focus of Mother Goose is as nursey rhymes, the history of Mother Goose is thought to be based upon ancient legends which were passed down from generation to generation until memoralized inJohn Newbery's compliation of English rhymes into "Mother Goose's Melody." With this switch from fairy tales to nursery rhymes, the modern day Mother Goose became the accepted and traditional version of what we know as the "real" Mother Goose. Considered innocent and perfect for young children, most people are not aware that some of the traditional stories of Mother Goose were political in nature. An example of this would be "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" which is thought to have been written about Mary Queen of Scots and her ladies in waiting.
Featuring original choreography by Susan Rowe, the Company's Artistic Director, the Company is excited to bring a new ballet to the stage which is perfect for all ages. Exquisite costumes designed by Lynn Barnard, Costume Designer, are unique, depicting the characters, and adding a touch of magic to the ballet.
Performances will be at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in downtown Florence on Friday, March 22nd at 7:30 pm and then a matinee on Saturday, March 23rd at 2:00 pm and a matinee on Sunday, March 24th at 2:00 pm. The Saturday matinee will be an abbreviated performance and will be followed by "Tea with Mother Goose" in the PAC lobby. Dancers will be in costume and refreshments will be served.
Ticket prices are $32/$27/$22 for adults and $15 for students. Reservations may be made by calling the PAC box office at 843-661-4444. Tickets may also be ordered online by visting www.fmupac.org.