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City Ballet School to hold auditions for ‘The Spell’

City Ballet School to hold auditions for ‘The Spell’

Area dancers are invited to tryout locally for a new ballet coming to Hagerstown in late May.

City Ballet School in Hagerstown is holding auditions for dancers ages 5 to 22, currently taking classes in ballet for more than 200 roles, in “The Spell,” a new show with music by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

“‘The Spell’ is inspired by one of my favorite children’s fairy tales called ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses.’ It is both a mystery and a love story and is visually quite stunning,” said Danielle Horochowski, artistic director of The City Ballet School.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, at City Ballet School, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., ages 12 and up; from 3 to 4:30 p.m., for ages 8 to 11; and from 5 to 5:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 7.

The audition fee is $20 per dancer and the results will be emailed on Jan. 22. Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays and Sundays. “The Spell” premieres at The Maryland Theatre on May 30 and 31.

The Grimm fairytale features the story of princesses bound by a secret spell that obligates them to dance from sundown to sunrise.

This new performance features 100 new minutes of a classical score written exclusively for the ballet by composer Arshak Sirunyan and performed by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Elizabeth Schulze with choreography and stage design by Horochowski. “The Spell” also premieres theatrical animation by artist Mitch Stark.

“He started writing the music early in 2018 and it’s really quite a masterpiece,” Horochowski said. “We both wanted to create something that was beautiful and magical, but also a little dark and mysterious to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.”

Horochowski says that the budget for the show is over $140,000 and that “The Spell” is being featured by Maryland Public Television and a documentary about the ballet is being created by Theatre Avenue.

“My hope for this performance is to bring a new ballet into creation and to break the barriers of what can be done at The Maryland Theatre,” Horochowski said. “It took a lot of creative problem-solving to figure out how to house both the symphony and the ballet in a limited space, and my hope is that we can pioneer into uncharted territory and set a new precedent for collaborations.”

Top photo: City Ballet School in Hagerstown is holding auditions for its original ballet "The Spell" with a score by The Maryland Symphony Orchestra. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Horochowski)

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