BYU Theatre Ballet is delighted to present their new show, “Carnival of the Animals.” This family-friendly spectacle is inspired by the whimsical musical suite by Camille Saint-Saëns. The ballet dancers explore and portray the magic behind carnivals and the beauty of animals while wearing amazing costumes and puppets by experts Priscilla Hao and Nat Reed. Theatre Ballet takes the audience into a new world with beautiful choreography and amazing storytelling. With permission from the Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation, the company performs “Viva Vivaldi”; they also perform “Salve Regina” by James Sutton.

These masterpieces spotlight the technique and artistry of the company members. The top ballet company at Brigham Young University, Theatre Ballet originates in the Department of Dance in the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

Prince and Princess Pre-show Party:
In addition to the performance, Theatre Ballet invites all to attend the pre-show Prince and Princess Party, in which both the young and the young at heart can dress as princes and princesses, color animal masks, take photos in a booth, and even dance with members of the cast. 

Parents should bring cameras and take as many pictures of their children with the ballet company as their cameras can hold. We invite everyone–the young and the old–to dress up in their royal costumes or as their favorite hero and enjoy an evening of fantasy!

Averaging nearly 400 people, the pre-show party has known enormous success among audiences throughout the United States and has served to dramatically increase ticket sales at every venue.

"Thank you for the wonderful Theatre Ballet performance. They were fantastic and I would highly recommend them to others.

"We were excited for the Princess Party. We usually average an audience of about 250-300 per show, but were happy to note that, our numbers were up in the 500 range for tickets used! This is a really big show for us and a very pleasant surprise. I know that having the Prince and Princess Party really made a difference.

"I worried that the performance would be noisy with lots of kids running around, but I was amazed at how well behaved and enthralled they were with the whole show. The intermission was phenomenal! The girls started slowly getting up on stage to dance and when the ballerinas came up, the kids naturally divided into smaller groups, filled the whole stage and followed every leap, twirl, and move that the dancers did. It was very precious."
--Angie Casperson, Marsh Valley Performing Arts
“How we enjoyed the program! It was like watching every girl’s dream come true—to be a dancer, to be treated elegantly, to be dressed up, to be romantic. Your dancers’ control of their bodies as fine instruments was thrilling to see.”
--Sara Bledsoe, Sterling, Colorado