Direct From London...Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Presents the Magnificent North American Premiere of Alice in Wonderland

Mar 27, 2008, 01:00 ET from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

    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.
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     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
     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 For group rates and special events, please call
 412-281-0360 or email
     For interviews and photos, please contact Ida D'Errico at 412-454-9117; OR Mandy Wilson at 412-454-9119;

SOURCE Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre