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‘Firebird’ lights up local stage

By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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This weekend, travel with Ballet Folsom and the legendary “Firebird” to a magical place with dance. “For our annual ballet this year, I wanted to share a ballet that isn’t very well known,” said Deirdre Hawkins, artistic director. “The music is simply beautiful, a score by Igor Stravinsky. (It’s) very rich and haunting.” Hawkins said “Firebird” is based on a Russian fairy tale. She said the audience can expect to see a love story as well as a battle between good and evil. “Firebird” is performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at the Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theatre at Folsom High School. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children, students and seniors. Tess Hanson, 13, of Folsom, will dance as the evil sorceress Kastcha. “I think the story is a lot different than other ballets,” Hanson said. “This is not something that you’ll find in a storybook. The music is fun and intricate, so many things are going on at once — it’s a lot of fun to watch.” Hanson has danced with Hawkins for four years. “I love being able to move and express exuberance, regret and happiness without words and through movement,” Hanson said. “I love being on stage — the lights and performance allows you to be someone else. It’s a great thing.” Callyn Kammermeier, 12, of El Dorado Hills, will dance as a Monster in the upcoming performance. “I like dancing and being able to forget about school and just be able to express my feelings without words and through movement,”Kammermeier said. “I like performing. It’s fun being able to portray different roles and characters on stage and just be someone else for a couple hours.” This is also an important performance for the growing company as its new name is introduced to the public. “It is the first performance produced under our new name, Ballet Folsom,” Hawkins said.“In January, we officially changed the company’s name from Folsom Lake Civic Ballet to Ballet Folsom. We wanted to bring it home so to speak, and focus on our already flourishing arts community in Folsom.” She said the production includes contemporary ballet pieces and dances created by award winning choreographers. “This is a ballet for all ages, and we hope our community will join us,” Hawkins said. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (916) 355-8080 or visit stages-performingarts.org/ballet/. * * * KNOW AND GO What: “Firebird” When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theatre at Folsom High School Cost: $18 for adults and $15 for children, students and seniors Information: (916) 355-8080, stages-performingarts.org/ballet/