Spring Performance: Children’s Ballets

Our youngest performers (Ballet 3) often get their first performing experience in children’s ballets.

Cover, Nutcracker 2006A Day in the Park with Madeline

Inspired by the Ludwig Bemelmans books.
Music: Emmanuel Chabrier
Choreography: Caprice Walker
Years Performed: 2000

La Fille Mal Gardee

One of the oldest ballets still regularly performed, La Fille Mal Gardee was the archetype of the happy peasant ballet. In this children’s version of Act 1, Lise does her chores and joins her friends for a maypole dance – until a storm interrupts!
Music: Ferdinand Herold
Choreography: Caprice Walker
Years Performed: 2003, 1999, 1996

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A magical interlude features ladybugs, butterflies, bees and other nimble creatures.
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Choreography: George Balanchine
Year Performed: 2009, 2004


A ballet reverie centers on a very young Mozart.
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreography: Caprice Walker
Year Performed: 2010, 2006

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Jerome Robbins used this music for his ballet Fanfare, and Yvonne Mounsey, our director, created the role of The Harp. Caprice Walker choreographed this charming version as her salute to Yvonne. Each dancer is an instrument, with the sections of the orchestra color-coordinated. The photo above shows the oboes in the 1995 production.
Music: Benjamin Britten
Choreography: Caprice Walker
Years Performed: 2011, 2008, 2001, 1998, 1995

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