Saturday, March 7, 2009

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre Teams Up with Rotary to Combat Polio

The Reno/Sparks members of Rotary International are teaming up with A.V.A. Ballet Theatre to help eradicate polio – a disease that infects and paralyzes children – from the planet. The Rotarians will be attending A.V.A. Ballet Theatre’s performances of Alice in Wonderland on March 21st and 22nd at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.
At each of the Alice in Wonderland performances, there will be several End Polio Now donation drop boxes. The Rotarians are encouraging their members and caring people throughout the community to come and enjoy the ballet and donate to this wonderful cause.

Since 1985, Rotary has raised over $700 million, and 2 billion children have been vaccinated. In this final global push, Rotary is working to match a generous $355 million pledge by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

We can help make this a polio-free world. It costs about 60¢ to immunize a child... $5 will immunize eight against this crippling disease.

The Alice in Wonderland ballet is re-staged and re-choreographed by Alexander Van Alstyne and is the captivating story of Alice’s adventures through the looking glass. The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the exciting score. The White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts have starring roles in this fantasy adventure. This classic story is filled with mesmerizing dance, intrigue, comedy and is fun for the entire family.
A.V.A. Ballet Theatre’s Eve Allen will star as Alice. Kate Crews and Jason Linsley from Ballet West will also perform as Tiger-lily and the Knave of Hearts. The large cast includes many talented dancers from numerous different ballet studios in the Reno area.
The Saturday March 21st performance will be held at 8pm and the Sunday March 22nd performance will be at 2pm. Ticket prices for adults are from $25 to $40. Ticket prices for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older are from $15 to $35. For tickets call the Pioneer Center at 877-840-0457 or on-line at Box office hours are Monday through Friday 11am to 6pm.
A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada's largest company under the instruction of a professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and production companies across the United States and Europe.

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