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Katelyn Chargois, from left, Michael Royer, Christy Corley, Lina Morita, Graceanne LaCombe, Lonny Benoit and Ashley Eaves in ''West Side Story,'' staged by William Ward — part of the Lake Charles Civic Ballet production of ''Assemblé.'' (Danley Romero / Romero and Romero)<br>

Katelyn Chargois, from left, Michael Royer, Christy Corley, Lina Morita, Graceanne LaCombe, Lonny Benoit and Ashley Eaves in ''West Side Story,'' staged by William Ward — part of the Lake Charles Civic Ballet production of ''Assemblé.'' (Danley Romero / Romero and Romero)

Michael Royer and Gabrielle Saucier are among the performers who will bring ''Assemblé'' to life. (Danley Romero / Romero and Romero)<br>

Michael Royer and Gabrielle Saucier are among the performers who will bring ''Assemblé'' to life. (Danley Romero / Romero and Romero)

Entertainment, dance come together in Lake Charles Civic Ballet production

Last Modified: Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:57 AM

By Jordan Gribble / Special to the American Press

After their spring 2012 production of “Sleeping Beauty,” creative directors for the Lake Charles Civic Ballet decided to do something drastically different this year.

The show entitled “Assemblé” — French for “to come together” — will bring different forms of entertainment and different styles of dance to one stage at performances on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, in the Rosa Hart Theater.

Civic Ballet board member Kelly Saucier said the production came about as a way for the dance company to work with other local talent.

“Last spring we collaborated with the Lake Charles symphony to bring ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to the stage, and it was really well-received, and we got so much support from the community because of it that our artistic director wanted to expand on that by collaborating in a bigger way,” she said.

“Since we began in 1968 we’ve always worked with other creative entities and have tried to bring a diverse and interesting presentation to the community.”

Saucier said the Civic Ballet each year will work with groups it doesn’t normally work with “and come up with something that the community will love and support.”

Instead of one long uninterrupted production of a single piece, “Assemblé” will cover more ground by splitting its performance into segments that will feature classic and modern ballet, as well as other types of dance, such as that usually seen on the stages of Broadway.

“There will be a lot of different styles and genres, and the show is very fast moving,” Saucier said.

“We’ll show the classics, like an excerpt from ‘Swan Lake,’ and then we’ll do Broadway-style dancing with a piece from ‘West Side Story’ and a scene from ‘Graduation Ball,’ which is very funny and that people will enjoy a lot.

“We’ll even show a piece of an original worked called ‘Fable’ that was composed for us and premiered in the early ’80s that we’ll be bringing back.”

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