NEWBERRY — Get ready to be taken to another world with the Newberry Ballet Guild’s production of Jewel of the Stars Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 at the Newberry Opera House.
The show will begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 3 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 4. The Newberry Ballet Guild will also be holding performances for local schools on Feb. 3.
Jewel of the Stars is an original story written by Brad Joiner and follows the friendship of two girls, one of whom is from Earth and the other is from space. Together they journey into space and go on adventures, while following the friendship between the two.
“This story was kind of a thought that my husband had and we developed it from there. My mom is the founder of the company and she wanted to do a space ballet for quite a while, so we just developed it to fit our cast and started doing choreography in the summer and it just evolved from there,” said Lane Joiner. “I think anybody will find something to enjoy about it. We try to make all of our ballets friendly for all ages.”
The Newberry Ballet Guild consists of 24 girls and one boy. The ages range from 6 to 18.
“We rehearse on Saturdays from about 9:30 to 3:30 and the dancers have class either two or three times a week depending on their level leading up to show day,” said Joiner.
The Newberry Ballet Guild will prepare next for its Spring Recital, which Joiner said is a sampler of ballet, tap, jazz, modern and other forms of dance.
“For someone to join the Newberry Ballet Guild, they have to have two years of ballet and audition in the spring,” said Joiner.
The Newberry Ballet Guild has been in production for 40 years.
“It’s incredible. We now have second generation dancers, so their moms were in the guild and now their daughters are in the guild. So it’s a family tradition, truly,” said Joiner.
Tori Summer and Jordan Barnes, who have been dancing with the Newberry Ballet Guild since they were 6, are in their final year with the guild.
“It’s sad, but it’s going to be a great year,” said Summer.
“We’ve done it for so many years and being a leader means a lot to them and it’s hard to let go,” said Barnes. “We can always come back and help out, but maybe one day we’ll be teaching them, but I don’t know.”
Summer and Barnes said this year’s show is different from any other show they’ve done, due to the fact that it is a handwritten ballet and the choreography is more contemporary and modern.
Tickets for Jewel of the Stars are available at newberryoperahouse.com.
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