PITTSBURGH, March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre brings one of the world's most beloved children's stories to life in the critically-acclaimed full length production of Alice in Wonderland, set for five performances, April 17-20 at the Benedum Center. Originally created for English National Ballet, this production of Alice in Wonderland has never before been seen in North America. Sponsored by The Bank of New York Mellon and The Pittsburgh Foundation, the production will delight audiences with Derek Deane's magnificent choreography, fabulous designs by Sue Blane and breathtaking illusions by Paul Kieve. All of the magic and mystery of Lewis Carroll's classic book are brought together through Tchaikovsky's brilliant score, arranged by Carl Davis. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080327/DC17788 ) Based on Lewis Carroll's cherished 1865 book, Alice in Wonderland was created in 1995 by English National Ballet's then Artistic Director, Derek Deane. A former Senior Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, Deane retired from performing in 1989 to pursue a career as a teacher and choreographer. He was then appointed Artistic Director of English National Ballet and English National Ballet School in 1993. In 2001, Deane left English National Ballet to teach and choreograph internationally. For designer Sue Blane, the sets, scenery and costumes were a huge undertaking. Each cast requires 90 costumes, and some of her challenges included creating costumes the dancers could move freely in and designing tutus for the deck of cards that enable the dancers to balance but are also light and maneuverable. The wardrobe department commissioned 22 costume makers, four painters, two headdress makers and one milliner, and spread work out over 80 or 90 outworkers, to produce over 250 costumes, 47 wigs and 30 prosthetic pieces. The extensive scenery and sets, including numerous 3D objects, weighs 12 tons and is transported in six 40-foot trucks. Illusionist Paul Kieve, magic consultant to Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, provides the magic of Alice's adventures through a series of stunning illusions. Among them are a table that grows to indicate Alice's diminishing size, roses that change color when the Royal Gardeners paint them red and the Duchess' flying house. The score for Alice in Wonderland is made up of excerpts from various Tchaikovsky compositions, including 15 excerpts from Album for the Young. Weaving together these fragments is musical arranger Carl Davis. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has long been recognized as being among the elite of national ballet companies for its extraordinary level of quality in bringing the best of classical and contemporary dance to the region. Tickets for Alice in Wonderland are $20.00-$88.00 and are available at Theater Square Box Office, by calling 412-456-6666 or by visiting http://www.pbt.org. For group rates and special events, please call 412-281-0360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For interviews and photos, please contact Ida D'Errico at 412-454-9117; email@example.com OR Mandy Wilson at 412-454-9119; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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