Young People's Ballet Theatre brings 'A Little Princess' to UM-Flint Theatre

Young People’s Ballet Theatre, a non-profit youth ballet company in its 31st year, will perform the ballet “A Little Princess” at University of Michigan-Flint Theatre. The classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, turned full-length ballet, will feature  local talents from Young People’s Ballet Theatre as well as seasoned choreographer Dale Brannon and guest artist Alan Obuzor. 

“A Little Princess” runs Thursday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the University of Michigan-Flint Theatre. All performances are open to the public. 

Dale Brannon, who originally trained in Indianapolis and then studied and danced with the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany, now teaches in Kentucky while also restaging his ballets for other youth ballet companies throughout the country. He has choreographed more than nineteen original ballets for YPBT. 

Dancing the lead role of Captain Crewe will be guest artist Alan Obuzor, who previously performed as a principal dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In 2011, Obuzor founded his own company, Texture Contemporary Ballet.

Dancers in A Little Princess playing lead roles are: Emily Czerniak, from Grand Blanc, dancing the role of Sara Crewe, Ella Valerio from Flushing as Becky, Elleona Ortiz from Lansing as Amelia, and Catharine Terhune from Saginaw dancing the role of Miss Minchin. Other senior level dancers include: Kylie Fletcher from Flint Township, Chloe Wooley from Flint Township, and Claire Stefanic from Flushing.

“A Little Princess” is produced and directed by Denise Paavola, founder and artistic director of Young People’s Ballet Theatre. 

Tickets purchased in advance cost $12 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets sold at the door are $15 for adults and $12 for children. 

Discounted rates are available to evening shows for groups and for senior citizens. 

Tickets may be purchased through or by calling 855-222- 2849. For group tickets, call 810-623-2980. 

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