Civic Ballet brings story of Lake Area to stage

Just in time for the holidays, the Lake Charles Civic Ballet hits the stage of the Rosa Hart Theatre Dec. 6-8 with “Christmas in Louisiana: Once Upon a Time,” the story of Lake Charles.

This one-hour original ballet features nearly 200 local dancers and is choreographed by artistic director Lady Holly Hathaway Kaough with settings by local artist Fred Stark.

A beautiful and culturally rich ballet, the story goes back to the LeBleu and Sallier families of Lake Charles, with Charles Sallier as a central character. Audiences will meet the lumberjacks of SWLA, Jean Lafitte and his band of tap dancing pirates, and the Ryan Street trolley car as it rolls onto the stage.

The Kilties of Lake Charles High School make an appearance as they practice for the 1949 Sugar Bowl halftime show. A hard freeze covered the area in the 1880s, which will be included in an adaption of Ashton’s “Les Patineurs” and will be set on a frozen lake-turned-ice skating rink. Children of all ages will delight as they experience Santa’s journeys to Louisiana throughout the state’s history.

Playing Charles and Catherine Sallier, Adrian Durham and Gabrielle Saucier encapsulate the spirit of adventure and excitement of our city’s start.

Katelyn Chargois, Ashley Eaves and Margaret Lie open this year’s performance with an original work set to Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”

Annabelle Bang and Julia Basone are adorable snow bunnies as they attempt to entice soldier Adrian Durham into cutting loose in “Toy Trumpet.”

Performances for the community will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. For Saturday tickets, call 474-0311 or visit Tickets may also be purchased at the door of the theatre. School group performances are Dec. 6-7. For school group reservations and information, call 802-5779 or 477-1581 or visit the website: Supplemental educational materials may be found online for teacher’s use in the classroom or for anyone interested in Louisiana history.

The Lake Charles Civic Ballet is supported by grants from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts, City of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, and Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau as administered by the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana.