What: “Picnic and Play at the Ballet”
fundraiser to support Any Given Child Sarasota
p.m., Thursday, Aug.14
- Family Fun Picnic at The Ringling’s
Bolger Playspace, 5-7 p.m.
- The Secret Garden” dance theater
performance in the Mertz Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555
N. Tamiami Trail, 7 p.m.
- Family Fun Picnic: $30/adult, $10/child
- “The Secret Garden” performance: $25-$75
- 15-percent discount on performance with
picnic ticket purchase
SARASOTA, Aug. 15, 2014 - The Sarasota Ballet and Any Given Child Sarasota will host a family-friendly
event titled “Picnic and Play at The Ballet” Thursday, Aug. 14. The program
will begin at 5 p.m. in the Bolger Playspace at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road,
Sarasota, with light snacks and refreshments provided by The Francis.
event will be followed by The Sarasota Ballet’s performance of “The Secret
Garden” at 7 p.m. in the Mertz Theatre at the FSU Performing Arts Center, 5555
N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Proceeds from the picnic and performance will
support Any Given Child and The Sarasota Ballet’s outreach initiatives and help
send 2,000 area third graders to attend “The Secret Garden” in October.
Tickets are $30/adult, $10/child
for the picnic and $25-$75 per person for “The Secret Garden” performance. They
may be purchased by contacting The Sarasota Ballet at 941-359-0099, ext. 101. A
15-percent discount to “The Secret Garden” applies when tickets are purchased
for both the picnic and performance.
Any Given Child Sarasota Program
Director Brian Hersh said he is grateful for the support of The Sarasota Ballet
in the program’s effort to offer expanded arts experiences for Sarasota
Secret Garden is a world-class production and to share that with the students
of Sarasota County Schools is an incredible gift,” he said. “The Sarasota
Ballet's commitment to arts education with such a collaborative spirit is a
model for Sarasota and the 13 other Any Given Child communities located around
on a classic children’s novel, “The Secret Garden” is an original production of
The Sarasota Ballet directed by Olivier Award-winning British choreographer
Will Tuckett. Described by The Ballet’s Artistic Director Iain Webb as “dance
theater,” the production combines ballet with puppetry, music, narration,
colorful costumes and set design.
important, according to Webb, is the fact that every aspect of the production
includes an educational component to help students better understand and appreciate
delighted to partner with Any Given Child Sarasota to help ensure that local
students and children are exposed to this incredible production,” he said.
“Sharing the art of dance with our youth is incredibly important to The Sarasota
Ballet, and all of us look forward to using partnerships like this one between
The Ballet and Any Given Child to educate younger audiences.”
Any Given Child Sarasota is a
partnership between the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in
Washington, DC, and Sarasota County Schools. The program is designed to provide
students with expanded and enhanced opportunities to benefit from the arts in the
community and quality arts education in all local schools.
Research shows that students who
are engaged in the arts perform better academically and are more likely to
graduate than their peers who do not participate in arts programs. By working
with the school district, local arts organizations and corporate and private
donors, Any Given Child Sarasota is helping build high-quality arts, theater,
music and dance programs in schools throughout Sarasota County; providing
access to theater and musical performances, museum visits and other arts
experiences for students; and securing funding to help teachers and schools
better integrate arts education into their curriculums.
More information about “Picnic
and Play at The Ballet” is available at 941-359-0099, ext. 101, or
www.SarasotaBallet.org. Information about Any Given Child Sarasota is available
at 941-927-9000, ext. 31182, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.