Story of heroic Dutch family in WWII to be told in ballet

It’s a story of compassion during a time when it was an irreparable offense to assist those who were Jewish and it will be told through the emotional beauty and movement of ballet.

The story is “The Hiding Place,” about Corrie ten Boom and her family, who hid Jews in a secret room in their home during the holocaust. The Dutch family was sent to concentration camps for their efforts. The Jews the family was hiding fortunately were able to escape.

The ballet based on the story will be performed by Ballet Magnificat! at 7 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Avalon Theatre.

The story leads the audience through some of the horror of World War II but is told with creativity and sensitivity by Jiri Sebastian Voborsky, choreographer and artistic director. There are moments of comic relief, shock and sadness, and a lingering belief in the power of human forgiveness.

Ballet Magnificat! was founded in 1986 by Keith and Kathy Thibodeaux. Keith Thibodeaux is best known for his role as Little Ricky in “I Love Lucy.”

The Christian ballet company includes two professional touring companies, a school of arts and summer workshops for dancers.

Advance tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger and may be purchased at http://www.hidingplacemarch2011.eventbrite.com.

Tickets at the door will cost $12 for adults and $10 for children.



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