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Harry Potter to hit the stage as ballet

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 05, 2012

Abbie Law, Alexandra Holmes and Jessica Robb

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A POPULAR wizard tale is being transformed into a ballet — after a Burton dance teacher received backing from film company Warner Bros.

Stephanie Parrott is set to turn Harry Potter into a ballet after being given the rights by the American movie giant.

Children from the Stephanie Parrott School of Dance and Theatre will perform a medley of scenes from the Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban.

This is the fourth time Mrs Parrott has been granted permission to perform Harry Potter as a ballet.

Mrs Parrott said: “I’ve been told by someone from Warner Bros that I’m the first person to ask for the rights to perform the story as a ballet so they were very intrigued by my request.

“I was inspired by the music and characters in the film and, although I do traditional ballets, I like to create ballets that nobody has done before.

“I was excited to get the rights for the fourth time and I know the boys and girls really wanted to do it.”

The show will feature a cast of 170 children and three 12-year-old pupils for John Taylor High School have been given starring roles.

Alexandra Holmes, from Barton, will play Harry Potter, Jessica Robb, from Yoxall is Ron Weasley and Abbie Law, from Barton, plays Hermione Granger.

Rehearsals are well under way for the two-hour performance in December.

The dancers are not only taking on the roles of characters, but have been challenged with creating iconic features such as the Hogwarts Express and the whomping willow tree.

The performance will also feature original songs created for the occasion.

Mrs Parrott said: “I’m very happy with the progress we have made. The deadline puts everyone on their toes but we’re where we should be at this point.”

The ballet will be staged at Burton’s Brewhouse arts centre on Friday, December 7 at 6.30pm, and Saturday, December 8 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm.

Tickets are on sale at the venue priced £7.50 and are available by telephoning the Brewhouse on 01283 508100.

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