Talk of the Town
Twin City Ballet Company’s Talk of the Town performance in October brought out a bevy of little princesses to celebrate Aurora’s royal wedding in Act II of Sleeping Beauty, a classical ballet confection complete with fairies, storybook characters and guest artist, Leilani Brown, of the world-renowned New York City Ballet. The little girls and prima ballerinas-to-be gathered in the Civic Center Theatre lobby before the performance for petit fours and punch and an opportunity to have their photo taken with the Lilac Fairy (pretty Leah Stephens Smith). At Intermission during the performance, all little girls were asked to make their way to center stage as vocalist Jodi Crawford Wright serenaded them as they twirled and listened intently. Twin City Ballet Company dancers performed several classical ballet variations and a stunning modern piece by Leaia Caver Alsup to Phillip Glass’ “Continuum” and a high energy jazz number, “Be Italian,” by Joe Istre.