Chambersburg Ballet Theatre to stage 'The LIttle Mermaid' at Ice Fest

Highlights of IceFest schedule

January 26, 2011|BY TIFFANY ARNOLD |
  • Members of Chambersburg (Pa.) Ballet Theater wear bright, colorful costumes against a dark background as they portray undersea characters in "The Little Mermaid." The show opens during IceFest, Chambersburg's annual winter festival.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Cold as ice? Nah.

The Chambersburg Ballet Theatre is taking its IceFest performance under the sea, and they're hoping to make a big splash.

The youth ballet company and school will present "The Little Mermaid" at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 29, as part of the 'burg's yearly wintertime street festival, IceFest.

Artistic director and CBT founder Lavinia Reid said she worked with local composers and artists to create an original adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen yarn about a mermaid who longs for legs but learns there's a downside to getting what you wished for.

Reid said while her version of the tale has a happy ending, don't look for a whole lot of Disney here.

Ariel, the lead character from the animated Disney film, is noticeably absent from Reid's cast. Instead you will find Temple Girl, the Hans Christian Andersen character on which Ariel was probably based, a roll that will be taken on by 14-year-old Marina Addlesburg.

"She's strong. She's got a lot going for her," Reid said.

Marina will be on stage for 50 minutes of the 66-minute show. Audiences will watch her transform from the time she takes her first steps on land to the moment she realizes she has beautiful legs.

Part of the challenge — a good, teaching-moment kind of challenge, Lavinia said —  is encouraging a young corp de ballet of sea horses to be angular in spite of their training to be soft.

There are also complex time signatures, and the dancers will perform to live music.

The dancers have to consciously think of a different technique. "Which is what they'll have to do if they go on to professional companies," Reid said.

And since we're on the topic of professionals, Reid sought out two professional New York City dancers for the lead male roles: Brent Whitney as the Prince and Cuban-trained Noland Seda as King Neptune.

Reid has also invited back a former student and perennial CBT performer Brie Ann Asbury, who had trained with the Miami City Ballet and is now attending Wilson College.

If you go ...

WHAT: "The Little Mermaid," presented by Chambersburg Ballet Theatre, as part of IceFest

2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29

WHERE: The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., downtown Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: $13; $8 tickets for children 12 and younger

MORE: For ticket information, call the theater's box office, 717-263-0202,

If you go ...

WHAT: IceFest 2011

WHERE: Downtown Chambersburg, Pa.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 27, to Sunday, Jan. 30

COST: While many events are free, some require paid admission. Go to for the full list.

CONTACT: Call 717-264-6883 or e-mail For a complete schedule, go to

Schedule  highlights:

Today, Jan. 27

  • Official IceFest opening and ribbon cutting; 5 p.m. at the square.
  • Ongoing IceFest activities — 5 to 8 p.m., throughout downtown. Activities include 40-foot ice slide, ice sculptures, food vendors and live ice sculpture carving.

Friday, Jan. 28

  •  Ongoing IceFest activities — 5 to 8 p.m., throughout downtown. Activities include 40-foot ice slide, ice sculptures, food vendors and live ice-sculpture carving.
  •  Live mannequins from Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Company, 5:25 to 5:40 p.m., and 8:30 to 9 p.m., at Here's Looking At You, 123 S. Main St.
  • Snowfall Ball — 5:15 to 10 p.m., Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 40 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg, Pa. $5 per person; admission for line dancing and ballroom workshops costs $2 per person.

Saturday, Jan. 29

  •  All-you-can-eat pancake breakfas; 8 to 11 a.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Second St.
  • "Icing on the Cake" cake decorating contest; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cakes will be on display at The Woods Center at The Capitol Theatre Center. For more information, contact the Council for the Arts, 717-264-6883.
  • 4th annual ArtFest; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Historical Preservation Services, 252 E. King St. For more information, call 717-261-9110 or 717-377-3093.
  • Food vendors,10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Ice slide open, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Voxology performs. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — North square parking lot.
  • Chili cook-off, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., North square parking lot.
  • All-you-can-eat spaghetti lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chambersburg Masonic Temple, 72 S. Second St., Hosted by Youth Group George Washington DeMolay. $5; Kids younger than 5 eat free.
  • Hot pepper eating contest, 1:30 p.m., North square parking lot
  • Chambersburg Ballet Theatre presents "The Little Mermaid,"  2 and 7:30 p.m., The Capitol Theatre. Fee.
  •  Fireworks extravaganza, 6:30 p.m., best view is from the Southgate Mall parking lot, at West Washington Street.

Sunday, Jan. 30

  • Scavenger Hunt — noon to 4 p.m., Kerrstown square parking lot, off Main Street across from Capitol Theatre. Free.
  • Ice Slide open — noon to 4 p.m.
  • "Scooby Doo" — 2 p.m., The Capital Theatre. Fee.

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