THE Invercargill Civic Theatre was transformed into a fairy tale last week when the Royal New Zealand Ballet brought its version of the classic Sleeping Beauty to the stage.
Before the curtains opened, there was an air of anticipation in the foyer.
Children recreated ballet positions and had fun in a themed photo booth, while adults shared their excitement to see the company performing live.
Three-year-old Lucy Frisby could not hide her happiness at the anticipation of watching a ballet for the first time.
Her grandmother Brenda McMillan said Lucy loved anything related to princesses.
“Every day she dresses up as a different Disney princess. She loves it and asks us to do different hair styles.”
In the audience, Southland residents Janice Templeton and Judy Mulholland could also not contain their excitement.
Their grandson Liam Templeton was among the 20 Southland children who were part of the show.
Liam, who had been learning ballet for three years, said it was amazing to be able to share the stage with such talented dancers.
When asked if he would continue to dance as a career, he said he would – as long as he enjoyed it.
Mrs Templeton and Ms Mulholland were emotional.
“We are proud grandmas.
“We have seen him dancing many times beforedanced with the royal national ballet. It is something huge,” Mrs Templeton said.
The almost three-hour long ballet, with music from Tchaikovsky, brought a breath of fantasy, spring and colours to Invercargill.