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Arts As­so­ci­a­tion in New­ton County stages ‘Cin­derella’

The Covington News - - Newton @ Play - By Josh Briggs

The Arts As­so­ci­a­tion in New­ton County will present their spring pro­duc­tion of “Cin­derella” this week­end, fea­tur­ing dancers from the Cov­ing­ton Re­gional Bal­let as well as a guest dancer.

Mem­bers from the CRB’s Young Artist Pro­gram as well as sev­eral lo­cal dancers and spe­cial guest Peter Swan will per­form in two shows at 7 p.m. Fri­day and 3 p.m. Satur­day at New­ton High School’s Porter Hall.

“Since the As­so­ci­a­tion took the CRB in un­der its wing six years ago, we have grown im­mensely,” said Abi­gail Cog­gin, Young Artists Pro­gram di­rec­tor. “We are ex­cited to have the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the CRB as well as the lo­cal dancers this year.”

TheArts As­so­ci­a­tion held open try­outs in Jan­uary and se­lected ap­prox­i­mately 50 dancers from the com­mu­nity who will par­tic­i­pate in the show.

Swan is slated to play the role of Prince Charm­ing while sev­eral boys from the three New­ton County high schools will be cast as knights.

The Arts As­so­ci­a­tion pro­duces two shows an­nu­ally, with “The Nutcracker” as its win­ter pro­duc­tion. Each spring, the show changes. Ac­cord­ing to Cog­gin, the As­so­ci­a­tion chose “Cin­derella” in hopes of gar­ner­ing the at­ten­tion of young chil­dren who have never seen a bal­let.

“We try to do a fairy­tale be­cause it at­tracts a younger au­di­ence,” she said. “This pro­duc­tion gives them a chance to be ex­posed to that kind of art form. This is not some­thing all the chil­dren may have the op­por­tu­nity to go to, es­pe­cially to a pro­fes­sional bal­let.”

The Arts As­so­ci­a­tion will be giv­ing New­ton County kinder­garten stu­dents a spe­cial preview of some of the scenes on Fri­day.

Cog­gin said tick­ets will be avail­able at the door 45 min­utes prior to the show and doors will open ap­prox­i­mately 30 min­utes be­fore the start. Tick­ets can also be pur­chased on­line atwww.new­ton­count­yarts.org., or by phone at (770) 786-8188.

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