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Herci Marsden’s State Ballet

By Paul Palange

If budget constraints have kept you away from the theater, then you might want to take advantage of a pay what you can event at the historic Park Theatre in Cranston.

At 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on March 29, Herci Marsden’s State Ballet of Rhode Island will present a trilogy of ballet, music and art at the theater located at 848 Park Ave.

According to Marsden, artistic director of the ballet troupe, the show will feature three unique one-act ballets, all of which are Southern New England premieres. They are “Walpurgis Night” from Charles Gounod’s opera “Faust,” which was premiered in Rhode Island back in 1962. In that repertoire favorite, a celebration takes place on the eve of spring with gods, goddesses and satyrs dancing an all- of night ritual creating an evening of frenzy.

The second premiere is “A Tale of Twelve Dancing Princesses.” It is a funny story ballet that Marsden states resident choreographers hope will make the audience chuckle while admiring an array of sparkling colorful costuming.

The final premiere, according to Marsden, is “The Colors of Love & Light.” The production, which is inspired by the paintings of contemporary artist Paul M. Cote, is a fusion layering of dance, music and art.

The show is 90 minutes, and parking is free and convenient, according to Marsden. The suggested price per seat is $10, and reservations can be made by calling (401) 334-2560.

Sponsors are Twin River Casino, Rhode Island PBS, Asia Grille, the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Cardi’s Furniture and Mattresses.