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Puppet theatre show "Crystal's Ballet Shoes" to tell of ballerina's pursuit of dreams

     "Crystal's Ballet Shoes", a new production by the Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education, is set to be staged in December and January as one of the attractions of the "Cheers!" series presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

     The children's puppet theatre performance tells the story of a ballerina, Crystal, from the angle of her ballet shoes. Crystal initially took up ballet because she was attracted by the pretty tutu. She enjoyed her first taste of success, but pressure from her family for spending time on ballet instead of on her studies made her want to give up. Eventually she managed to win her mother's support by showing her what she could do on the stage. She then won a scholarship to go to Mainland China, and even took a teaching position as Assistant Ballet Mistress.

     But just as she was on her way to stardom, she fell down in a rehearsal. Now she only sits in her wheelchair and weeps. Can Crystal ever walk again and continue to pursue her dream? Can the ballet shoes that have accompanied her throughout the years inspire her in any way?

     The Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education, founded in 1984, has staged more than 70 productions in children's puppet performance. The group aims to promote puppet art to the young generation and encourage arts exchanges between the local and international communities.

     Details of the performances are as follows:

Exhibition Gallery, Tuen Mun Town Hall
December 14 and 15, 7.45pm
December 15 and 16, 4.30pm

Black Box Theatre, Kwai Tsing Theatre
January 3 to 5, 2013, 7.45pm
January 5 and 6, 2013,  4.30pm

Cultural Activities Hall, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
January 10 to 12, 2013, 7.45pm
January 12 and 13, 2013, 4.30pm

     Tickets priced at $100 (Tuen Mun Town Hall) and $120 (Kwai Tsing Theatre and Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre) are now available at all URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by telephone credit card booking. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). Please refer to the programme booklet or individual leaflets for more information on the series and group booking discount schemes.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Internet bookings are available at Visit for more information on the programme.

     Parenting talks entitled "Beyond Failure" (conducted in Cantonese) will be organised to enhance the performance and will be suitable for children aged 3 to 12 and their parents. Experienced tutors will offer guidance on the reading of storybooks and share with parents how to overcome difficulties with their kids. Details are as follows:

Exhibition Gallery, Tuen Mun Town Hall
December 15 and 16, 2.15pm

Black Box Theatre, Kwai Tsing Theatre
January 5 and 6, 2013, 2.15pm

Cultural Activities Hall, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
January 12 and 13, 2013, 2.15pm

Tickets for each talk priced at $35 (no discount, one admission per ticket) are also available at URBTIX.

Ends/Monday, November 12, 2012


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