The dance program at the Darien Arts Center will be presenting "Fiona," an original children's ballet, on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28.

Fiona runs for approximately one hour and will be narrated by DAC Kids' Theatre Director Chris Smalley. Show times are April 27 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and April 28 at noon.

The ballet is written by DAC Dance Director Bonnie Gombos, who has been with the DAC for more than 16 years working with students from ages 3 to adult. She is also the artistic director of the Darien Arts Center's Adult Troupe, and directs and choreographs for the annual adult showcase performance every October and "Scenes from the Nutcracker" every December. She also writes the musicals for the DAC art, dance and theater summer program.

Gombos was pleased to find that the cast in the holiday productions of "Scenes from the Nutcracker" enjoyed performing the abbreviated classic for younger audiences. She decided that a spring performance for young audiences would be well received. Instead of undertaking another adaptation, Gombos called upon her own writing skills and decided to produce her own new story, Fiona. The story revolves around a young kitten and her friend who get the opportunity to perform in a fairy-tale ballet on the big stage with their school's prima ballerina.

An illustrated book of the story will also be available at the show. Joe Maccarone, a former DAC visual arts student, did the illustrations.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 203-655-8683. For information, visit arts.darien.org.

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