Scenes from HGCBT's spring performance "The Little Mermaid" May 31, 2014
Photos © Paolo Galli, 2014
"A Christmas Carol" Moves to Rockville
For the last several years, Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theater has delighted Poolesville audiences with its production of “A Christmas Carol,” a creative retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale. This year, Hope Garden thrilled a brand new audience by taking the show to a new locale, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater, in Rockville. MORE
HGCBT Goes Fishing and Catches a Classic!
Inspired choreography and a wonderful score brought to life the beloved Little Mermaid, as well as a myriad of sea creatures, an evil sea witch, a handsome prince and a scheming palace court, in this original ballet adaption of the beloved Hans Christian Andersen Classic. Artistic Director Fran Ichijo showed once again her creativity while displaying the blossoming talents of this stunning troupe of dancers. MORE or VIEW PHOTOS
Scrooge was at it again!
HGCBT's December, 2013 production of "A Christmas Carol" was a great success! New scenes and dances, coupled with an expanded cast and the maturing of our dancers, meant the audience was treated to the finest presentation of this original ballet to date. Of course it will be even better next year! MORE or VIEW PHOTOS
Dancers and the Lions
On November 12, 2013 Members of Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre dropped in on the monthly meeting of the Monocacy Lions Club in Walkersville, Maryland. The troupe members stunned their audience with three dances from the upcoming performance of HGCBT’s “A Christmas Carol.” John Foster, Lizzie Phelps and Bubby Roland Jones performed “Golliwogs,” Carly Johnson danced the “Queen of the Gypsies” solo, and Suzanne Creedon performed as the “Golden Medallion.” Afterwards some of the dancers took to the podium and with the confidence and poise of seasoned performers explained to the gathering of community leaders how the art and discipline of ballet has helped sculpt them as individuals, and taught them the spirit of working as a group to achieve great things. Lion member Bill Jamison, the troupe’s sponsor for the evening, later admitted that he, as well as the rest of the group, did not fully understand how talented and poised HGCBT’s dancers are, and what a wonderful asset the program is to our small community. The dancers all expressed the desire to perform again for this delightful group!
It's a Jungle Out There!
A timeless tale of a boy lost in the dense jungle of India, Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” contains themes of respect, communication, integrity, and curiosity. On June 1st, 2013, HGCBT Artistic Director Fran Ichijo proved in this original adaptation that classic and modern dance is the perfect medium to express the jungle animals’ unique and colorful way that they communicate, each with their own unique dance of life. VIEW PHOTOS
About Hope Garden Children's Ballet Theatre
Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre (HGCBT) is a recently-launched non-profit organization created to provide performance opportunities to not only the students of Hope Garden Ballet Academy, but to any classical dancers in the region who wish to display their talents.