UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner, Sarah Pearce.
ORIGINAL POST: A charming family option awaits this Saturday: the annual story ballet from The State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara. This year’s original ballet, “Beauty and the Beast,” tells the classic fairy tale through contemporary dance. I have a family pack of four tickets to give away to a lucky Beehive reader to the 2 p.m. performance at the Saroyan Theatre.
For those of you up to your ears in singing teacups, never fear: This isn’t the Disney version. From my Sunday column:
This “Beauty and the Beast” is an original retelling of the classic fairy tale by Robert Sund, a guest choreographer for the Santa Barbara company. Recorded music by Tchaikovsky will accompany the 22 professional members of the company, along with 20 advanced local area ballet students …
Instead of servants turned into enchanted objects, this production is more nature oriented, with insects and animals personified through contemporary ballet. There’s still the same basic plot of Belle being imprisoned by the prince-turned-beast, but there are many changes, such as a squad of fairies (played by local dancers) working their magic.
Here’s how to enter the contest: To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling us if you’ve ever seen a non-Disney version of “Beauty and the Beast.” I’ll pick one comment at random. The winner will receive four tickets. No repeat entries, please. These are paper tickets, so you’ll need to come down to The Bee’s front lobby by 5 p.m. Friday to pick them up. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Be sure to check your email after the deadline, because that’s how I’ll inform winners. Complete rules are after the jump.