Christmas ballet is Saturday

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The Historic Hoosier Theater will present the Cincinnati Kinderballet in its new 2009 winter season performance, “The Tailor of Gloucester”, this Saturday, December 12th.

The performance will begin at 11 a.m.

“The Tailor of Gloucester”, published in 1903, is traditionally read to children on Christmas Eve before bedtime in England.

The story is set at Christmastime, with a poor and frail tailor set to finish a coat for the Mayor of Gloucester’s wedding to be held on Christmas morning. After cutting out the pieces for the garment, the tailor finds that he does not have enough silk to finish.

With his last four pennies, he sends his cat Simpkin to buy food and enough twist to finish the project. While the cat is gone, the tailor frees the mice from teacups where he has imprisoned them. When Simpkin returns and finds the mice gone, he hides the silk in anger. When the tailor falls ill, the mice save the day by completing the coat.

The ballet is brought to life by members of the Cincinnati Kinderballet ranging in age from eight years old to adult.

Music includes contemporary works of Benjamin Britten and Patrick Doyle alongside traditional Renaissance music and conventional and ancient carols.

Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the Switzerland County Visitors Center, or on the day of the performance at the theater’s box office.

For more information, call the Switzerland County Visitors Center at 427-3237; or at www.vevayin.com.