GHDT presents ‘Once Upon A Time’


Gregory Hancock has added his own spin to some famous fairy tales.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents “Once Upon A Time” for six performances. They will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 8, 15, 22 and 3 p.m. Feb. 9, 16 and 23 at The Academy of GHDT, 329 Gradle Dr., Carmel.

“It was originally a smaller piece, and it’s been enhanced to be a full-length piece,” Hancock said. “I’ve added more choreography, more sections, more characters and expanded some of the characters.”

Hancock described the presentation as fractured fairy tales.

“It’s characters we know like Snow White, the Prince, Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood, Little Bo Peep, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, the Wolf and the Three Little Pigs, but they all kind of get in the wrong story,” Hancock said. “It’s all one giant piece. It’s really family oriented. It’s beautiful music.”

Abbie Lessaris portrays Little Bo Peep, who has lost her pigs instead of her sheep.

“The whole show is charming and comical, which is a little different for us,” she said. “We often do very serious pieces. We get the chance to be a little funny, which is nice. We get to be one character through the whole show, so there is a lot of development. You start to see the characters change and the interactions they have as they meet other characters.”

Some of Hancock’s dance academy’s students play townspeople, fairies and Snow White’s seven dwarfs.

“It’s dance up close and personal, which we don’t get to experience in The Tarkington where we are on stage and the audience is farther away,” Hancock said. “The audience love the close experience of seeing dance. It gives you a greater appreciation for the physicality of it, the details in the costumes and details in facial expressions. Some things you might lose on a bigger stage.

“If the people have not seen our company before, this is a nice introduction into what we do.”

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