PORTLAND – Portland Ballet students will combine dance, music and storytelling in their presentation of the classic children’s tale “Peter and the Wolf” Saturday, May 10, at Portland High School’s John Ford Theater.

Accompanied by Sergei Prokofiev’s original score, Portland Ballet students will bring this family favorite to life at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $4 for students, $9 for adults at all Bull Moose music store locations. Tickets purchased at the door: $5 for students, $10 for adults.

“Peter and the Wolf” is the story of a young boy who ventures away from home against his grandfather’s orders to catch a wolf that is also being hunted by villagers. With the help of his animal friends, Peter catches the wolf using only a lasso. The brave Peter, accompanied by the hunters and his animal friends, becomes the hero of his village.

Prokofiev wrote “Peter and the Wolf” for his son in 1936. The beloved piece is designed to entertain while introducing children and families to the orchestra. Each character in the story is represented by a particular instrument and musical theme: the bird by the flute; the duck by the oboe; the cat by the clarinet; the grandfather by the bassoon; the wolf by the French horns; the hunters’ gunshots by timpani and bass drum; and Peter himself by the stringed instruments.

Representatives of the C.O.R.P.S. program, a partnership between Portland Ballet and Portland High School for preprofessional high-school ballet students, will open the performance with a short lecture and demonstration. The program will introduce the audience to the creation, art, training and athleticism of ballet.

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