Celebrating its 20th season, Inland Pacific Ballet presents "Beauty and the Beast." (Inland Pacific Ballet)
There is seemingly no more room for old love stories.
Whether it’s movies like Fifty Shades of Grey, that focus on the naughtiest of fantasies, or even the Twilight saga, which creates a world in which vampires morph into various animals to create a world where irrational, teenage puppy love trumps everything, it seems as if timeless love stories are no longer what they used to be.
But this spring, at least for 10 total shows, people will be able to re-live one of the greatest love stories ever told when the Inland Pacific Ballet brings to life “Beauty and the Beast” throughout the east side of the greater Los Angeles area: Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, Arcadia and Riverside, respectively.
Celebrating its 20th season, IPB will recreate this time classic fairy tale of inner beauty with stunning sets, brilliant dancing and elaborate costumes.
The story of “Beauty and the Beast,” which has been recreated many times in literature, film, television and theater since its inception in 1771, is about Belle, the youngest of three daughters of a wealthy merchant.
The lead roles are played by two young talents from southern California, with Cameron Schwarz dancing the role of the Beast and Meilu Zhai in the role of Beauty. Zhai previously played the role of Beauty with the National Ballet of China.
Victoria Koenig, also a SoCal native, is the Artistic Director and one of the Founders of IPB. Clinton Rothwell is the choreographer and sound collage designer.
“Beauty and the Beast” will be performed at the following venues:
Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.: Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 26 at 1 p.m.
Lewis Family Playhouse, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.: Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Arcadia Performing Arts Center, Arcadia, Calif.: Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m.
Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside, Calif.: Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $34, with senior, child and group discounts available online at ipballet.org, or in person at the respective box offices of the theaters.