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Families in a twirl at ballet open day in Sunderland

Pearl Chesterman (left) director of learning Birmingham Royal Ballet showing Emily Watmore (10)  of Ellington, Northumberland some of the costume the company uses at the Sunderland Empire Theatre on Saturday.

Pearl Chesterman (left) director of learning Birmingham Royal Ballet showing Emily Watmore (10) of Ellington, Northumberland some of the costume the company uses at the Sunderland Empire Theatre on Saturday.

BUDDING ballerinas were given a taste of what it’s like to be in a professional touring company.

Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) took a break from performing their latest trio of shows at Sunderland Empire to take part in a family day.

Visitors were given the chance to participate in make-up demonstrations with one of the dancers, see the stage and watch the stage technicians prepare the sets and lighting for that night’s performance.

They were also treated to a craft session and costume talk.

The company are regular visitors to the Empire, their home in the North East, and were in the city to perform Still Life at the Penguin Cafe, Elite Syncopations and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.

BRB director David Bintley said: “The Empire is a very traditional and very good theatre, it’s also one of the few in the North East that’s actually big enough to take us.

“We have a very loyal, core audience up here. They are very enthusiastic, even if that isn’t always reflected in sales. But we try and build an audience with our education team. They’re an important part of what we do.”

Birmingham Royal Ballet will be back at the High Street West venue in the autumn.

Its troupe will be breathing new life into Beauty and the Beast from November 6-8.

l To see a review of Still Life at the Penguin Cafe, Elite Syncopations and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, see Thursday’s Wow 24/7.

 

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