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PICT presents ‘Angelina Ballerina’

January 6, 2011
from staff reports

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh International Children's Theater presents Vital Theatre Co. in the Pittsburgh premiere of "Angelina Ballerina: The Musical" at Byham Theater.

The performances will take place at 2 p.m. Jan. 23 and 10:15 a.m. Jan. 24.

"Angelina Ballerina: The Musical" was created by Susan DiLallo, book and lyrics, with music by Ben Morss and is based on the books created by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig and the PBS Kids animated series.

The stage musical tells the story of Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki and their teacher Ms. Mimi, who are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy. Angelina and her friends will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and ballet, and they are excited to show off their skills to their famous visitor.

Vital Theatre Co. is based in New York City and was founded in 1999 by Artistic Director Stephen Sunderlin, Michael Schloegl, Scott C. Embler and Laura M. Stevens. Creating original stage productions since it was founded, Vital Theatre Co. is the recipient of two American Theatre Wing Awards for Continued Commitment to Excellence in Theatre; is a six-time winner of the Off-Off Broadway Review's Award for Excellence; and received the New York Theatre Experience Award for Theatre Company of the Year in 2002.

In addition to her work with Vital Theatre Co., DiLallo is the recipient of the Kleban Award, Jonathan Larson Award, Richard Rodgers Award, winner of the Global Search for New Musical Competition, Outer Critics Circle nominee and winner of KIDDstuff New Play competition.

Morss has written music for various stage presentations, as well as musical arrangements for solo piano and musical groups Cake and Wheatus. He has performed around the world with his band Chariots of Tuna and leads a nine-piece band called the Infinite Orchestra. He received a doctorate in music from the University of California-Davis.

Holebird is the recipient of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award (1985) for her first book, "Angelina Ballerina," British Book Design and Production Award (1990) for "Angelina's Birthday" and Child Study Association's Children's Book of the Year (1990) for "Angelina's Christmas."

The series has been honored with several Platinum Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards for "Rose Fairy Princess" in 2002, and "Friends Forever" and "The Magic Of Dance" in 2004. Holabird was honored in 2006 with an invitation to Queen Elizabeth's 80th birthday party at Buckingham Palace. In 2006, The Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy debuted with special Angelina ballet classes across England. "Angelina's Star Performance," an original ballet based on "Angelina at the Palace," debuted in 2007 in London with the English National Ballet. .

Individual tickets are $11 at the door and $9.50 in advance and can be ordered online at, by calling (412) 456-6666 or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, located at 655 Penn Avenue.

Group tickets can be ordered by calling (412) 471-6930.

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