Northwest NEWS

February 28, 2000


'Peter and the Wolf' at Arts Center

Peter and the Wolf

Peter converses with the Bird in Olympic Ballet Theatre's production of Peter and the Wolf.
Photo by Marcham D. Johnson.

   The Duvall Arts Commission and the Duvall Foundation for the Arts will present Peter and the Wolf and Madeline and the Bad Hat at the Circus on March 4 at 2 p.m.

   Peter and the Wolf is a one-hour musical tale written by the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra. Peter's animal friends, the duck, the cat, and the bird, are represented by the oboe, clarinet, and flute, respectively. The bassoon signals the entrance of Peter's grandfather, and the sinister wolf is recognized by the French horn.

   The choreography of John Wilkins brings the humor and fun of Peter and the Wolf to life with a cast of young dancers in the roles of Peter, his animal friends, the wolf, and the hunters.

   Peter and the Wolf is preceded by another ballet based upon Madeline of children's storybook fame. Madeline and the Bad Hat at the Circus is the creation of artistic director John Wilkins, and leads the audience on a merry adventure with Madeline and Miss Clavel. The twelve little girls, along with the boy next door, tease and test, engage in a tug of war, and finally end up at the circus.

   Audience members are treated to an insider's view of the magic of theatre during the interlude between the two ballets. This includes theatrical lighting and sets, ballet technique, and an introduction to various musical instruments and melodies used in Prokofiev's score. This visual tour allows the audience time to acquaint themselves with aspects of the performance that they otherwise might not have noticed, and provides a foundation for learning from the performance.

   The Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center is located at 29000 NE 150th Street in Duvall. Tickets may be purchased at Pumps & Grinds, Gardens & Sunspaces, or Main Street shopping district of Duvall. They may also be purchased by mail order by sending your order along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: DFA; P.O. Box 1043; Duvall, WA 98019. Ticket prices are $8 adults, $5 students and seniors. Children under five are free, but a ticket is required. For more information, call Jan at 425-844-8516, or visit