Prospect Park and the American Ballet Theatre are getting together on November 13th at 1 o’clock to honor the almighty mouse, each in their own way. Prospect Park will have a experts come in and teach youngsters about how important mice are to the ecosystem and how they should be respected, not reviled. The American Ballet Theatre will send teachers to teach “mouse movement” ballet classes, as well as sending over their Nutcracker mouse for participant photo ops.
One reason the American Ballet Theatre is doing this is to promote their upcoming world premiere performance of The Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December. Premiering December 23rd, with two preview performances on the 22nd and 23rd respectively, the well known and much beloved musical tale will run until January 2nd. Tickets will cost anywhere from $20 to $130, depending on the seat and on the date attending. The two hour show will be well worth the money, with a live orchestra and costumes by Tony Award winning artist Richard Hudson among many other things.
However before the performance comes the mousy introduction taking place a month earlier at Prospect Park. It is a strange fellowship that will be made at the Audubon Center at Prospect Park on November 13th. Scientists and dancers will be coming together, each to teach their own lesson on the mice in our lives and how to appreciate them. For kids who love ballet, things that creep in the night, or both, this event is a quirky little introduction to one mighty animal – the little mouse.