Ballet dancers spend an unusual amount of time on their toes, much like the coworker who creeps up behind your chair every day just to watch you for a while. Gaze at grace with this GrouponLive deal to see Evergreen City Ballet’s performance of Tea for Ruby at the Auburn Performing Arts Center. For $13, you get one ticket for first come, first serve seating in the mezzanine or balcony on Saturday, March 30 (up to a $21 value, including all fees). Choose between the following showtimes:
- 1:30 p.m. Doors open at 12:45 p.m.
- 5 p.m. Doors open at 4:15 p.m.
When children read, they often imagine their favorite characters coming to life and leaping off the pages. This fantasy becomes a reality in Tea for Ruby, Evergreen City Ballet’s take on the New York Times–bestselling picture book of the same name. But the characters here don’t just leap; they bend, plié, and pirouette across the stage, recreating a beloved story penned by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser of Fancy Nancy fame.
Try as she might, Ruby can’t seem to master her manners, and mischief follows in her impish wake. One day, however, destiny takes a hand, as a mysterious invitation to tea with the Queen arrives. The pintsize heroine enlists teachers, family, and friends in her quest to perfect her pleases and thank-yous so that she can make a princess-worthy impression, even as the mystery surrounding her unexpected invitation grows. After the performances, Evergreen’s dancers make an appearance in the lobby, spending time with young patrons to snap photographs, swap grins, and emphasize how cautious you have to be when you’re made of paper.
Evergreen City Ballet
Evergreen City Ballet’s mission is two-fold: to train and educate young dancers, and to entertain the Puget Sound region with enchanting ballet performances. The school, first founded in 1994, trains students as young as 3 years old through its Angela Ballerina program, and older pupils perform in the company’s public performances, such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and an annual ballet rendition of My Dinner With Andre.