Ballet & Tea: Tale as old as time comes to life at Bonnie Kate

Published 7:46 pm Monday, May 1, 2017

On Saturday afternoon a tale as old as time came to life inside the historic Bonnie Kate Theater.

The theater played host to two performances of Belle’s Ballet and Tea Time, a special event for children sponsored by the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library, Elizabethton High School Drama Club, the Bonnie Kate Friends, East Tennessee Youth Ballet and Sugar Love Cafe.

For each showing on Saturday, those in attendance were treated to a variety of tea time goodies before the performance.

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Members of the Elizabethton High School Drama Club joined forces with the performers from the East Tennessee Youth Ballet to bring to life the story of Beauty and the Beast.

Lovable characters Cogsworth and Lumiere served as the narrators for the story while actors and dancers brought the roles to life for the crowd.

Beginning with the curse cast by an enchantress to teach a prince without compassion a lesson, the tale unfolded as Belle took her father’s place as a prisoner and eventually saw the man behind the Beast. In the end, it was Belle’s love that saved Beast and lifted the curse.

To cap off the stellar performance, the cast invited the children to be their guests and join them on stage for one final dance.

The ballet and tea event served as a fundraiser for the Bonnie Kate Restoration Project to help purchase new stage lighting and curtains.