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Appalachian Ballet Company to present All About the Animals

Appalachian Ballet Company will present All About the Animals, a compilation of several ballet comedies and classics on Saturday March 24th at 2 pm at the Clayton Center for the Arts. Beginning with excerpts from the ballet, Swan Lake, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, followed by a comedy entitled At The Zoo. Carnival of the Animals composed in 1886 by Camille Saint-Saëns will be presented with new choreography by Director, Amy Morton Vaughn. Saint-Saëns regarded this work as a piece of fun! Act one will conclude with The Incredible Petes - a short dance work about funny zoo animals.

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The Appalachian Ballet Company. Image courtesy of Appalachian Ballet Company

After a 20 minute intermission, the show will conclude with Peter and the Wolf, a “symphonic fairy tale for children,” a musical composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. The narrator tells a children's story, while the orchestra illustrates it and the Appalachian Ballet Company dances. (The production will run approximately one and a half hours and highly recommended for children and families).

All About the Animals will be presented at The Clayton Center for the Arts on Saturday afternoon, March 24th at 2 pm. One performance only. Tickets will be available at by calling the Clayton Center for the Arts at 865-981-8590. Student tickets are half price.

A public school matinee will also be presented on Friday March 23rd at ten am. For reservations and more information visit

The Appalachian Ballet Company is located at 215 W. Broadway, Maryville TN 37801.

The Appalachian Ballet Company is the resident dance company of the Clayton Center for the Arts. ABC is East Tennessee's premier classical performing company that makes its home at Van Metre School of Dance in Maryville, Tennessee. Chartered in 1972, ABC's talented company of dancers performs an annual three-program season, providing the region with the highest quality dance performances. ABC offers a wide repertory from traditional classics to creative contemporary ballets and regularly performs with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Youth Symphony and the Knoxville Opera Company. The company also collaborates with area performing arts groups, and is active in educational outreach.

Published March 9, 2018

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