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(r. to l.) Amber Coartney as Viki, Amanda Yachechak as Gracie, Whitney Meyer as Angelina Ballerina, Cassie Okenka as Alice and Eric Restivo as AZ in a scene from Angelina Ballerina The Musical.


Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th at 1 pm

October 08, 2012 | 09:10 AM

Vital Theatre Company and Hit Entertainment are excited to bring Off-Broadway hit Angelina Ballerina The Musical to the Pike Performing Arts Center. A family-friendly favorite that has been delighting New York families since its sold-out initial run in October 2010, this energetic and fun-filled musical will visit Indianapolis on October 13 and 14 at 1 pm.

This production of Angelina Ballerina The Musical is part of Vital Theatre's 2012-2013 touring season of children's theatre, which brings characters kids know and love across the country in award-winning, hit theatrical productions. Vital Theatre Company is an award winning Off-Broadway company that has been producing entertaining and educational theatre for young audiences in New York for over 13 years. Now these same beloved productions are touring the country.

Tickets are now on sale. Tickets are $25, $20, and $15, and can be purchased by visiting www.pikepac.org, by phone at (317) 216-5455, and in person on Mondays - Fridays from 10 am - 4 pm at the Pike Performing Arts Center box office at 6701 Zionsville Road.

In Angelina Ballerina The Musical, Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki and even their teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy! Angelina and her friends will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and of course, ballet and they are excited to show off their skills to their famous visitor. Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for? Based on the CG-animated series, "Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps" on PBS KIDS®, Angelina Ballerina The Musical is a family-friendly show that will have the entire audience dancing in the aisles.

ANGELINA BALLERINA, a beloved publishing property for close to three decades, is a little star with big dreams of becoming a prima ballerina. This feisty little mouse works hard to reach her goals and along the way, always learns from her mistakes. When little girls share in Angelina's experiences, they're inspired to go after their big dreams too. In addition to the critically acclaimed story books created by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig, Angelina Ballerina dances her way into the hearts of young girls weekly on PBS KIDS® in the CG-animated series, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps. For more information about Angelina Ballerina, please visit www.angelinaballerina.com.

Susan DiLallo (Book and Lyrics) is the recipient of the coveted Kleban Award. Her libretto for an original musical comedy, IRON CURTAIN, earned her a Jonathan Larson Award, and was further developed during a residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Her book and lyrics to another musical, ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEW JERSEY, won both a Richard Rodgers Award and The Global Search for New Musicals Competition, Cardiff. Other credits include: the Mattel/Clear Channel production of BARBIE LIVE! IN FAIRYTOPIA (book, lyrics); THAT'S LIFE (Outer Critics Circle nominee); PINOCCHIO, A MUSICAL ABOUT ADOPTION (winner, KIDDstuff new play competition); and the revised libretto for the classic A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN.

Ben Morss (Music) wrote the music and lyrics for CINDERELLA'S MICE, which was produced by Vital in 2006. CINDERELLA'S MICE and his other children's musical, POP STAR, are published by Samuel French. He is an alumnus of the BMI Workshop, arranged the music for the stage version of Trey Parker's CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL and created music for ANANSI THE STORY KING at Georgetown University. He has played piano and arranged for platinum-selling bands such as Cake and Wheatus, and his playing was used in the films Sidewalks of New York and L.I.E. His new band, Onward Chariots, has been played on radio stations and praised on blogs from Greece to Brazil, has twice toured Europe, and has a record on Spanish indie-pop label Elefant Records. He leads the nine-piece crossover group, THE INFINATE ORCHESTRA. He earned his doctorate in music from the University of California at Davis.

HIT ENTERTAINMENT is one of the world's leading children's entertainment producers and rights owners. HIT Entertainment is a division of Fisher-Price. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Thomas & Friends, Barney, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina, Mike the Knight, Pingu and Rainbow Magic. Launched in 1989, HIT's lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing, digital media, and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com

VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is dedicated to producing entertaining and educational theatre for young audiences. Located on New York City's Upper West Side at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, Vital Theatre Company commissions three to five new musicals for children each season. Since its founding in 1999, Vital Theatre Company has been honored with the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Musical, two Awards for Excellence by the Off-Off Broadway Review, and has received high acclaim from audiences and critics alike for being "a wonderful place for parents to introduce their kids to the glories of live theatre, done well and at modest prices" (Off-Off Broadway Review). Now entering its 14th season, the company has presented over 75 original productions for over 300,000 children and their families. Vital Voices, Vital Theatre Company's vibrant Arts-in-Education program, engages over 1700 NYC Public school students and eight school communities by integrating theatre arts into the core curriculum to stimulate academic progress and inspire creative achievement.

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