It's time to involve yourself in the arts. Spring is just around the corner, and the city is likely to be full of events soon. But here are three fun things to do this week. Two of them are perfect for children, and one showcases a rising star in classical music.
Magic once more
What woman doesn't want to be a chosen one, a virtuous woman who rises above the others, who has magic at her fingertips and who marries the prince who takes her to his kingdom.
It's a nice fairy tale, and as a ballet, it brings a bit of magic to the stage. Big and little girls tend to love this one.
Charleston Ballet Theatre usually brings "Cinderella" to the stage as part of its children's series in a shortened form, but this year, the company is performing the full-length ballet for all audiences at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Music Hall.
Cinderella will be performed by Crystal Wellman, a new face this year with CBT, and the Prince is Jose Gonzales. Wellman began her training in Gastonia, N.C., under Pat Wall at Gaston Dance Theatre. She has a BFA in dance from East Carolina University, where she studied closely with Galina Panova and was the recipient of the Lynette and George Johnson dance scholarship. She has danced professionally with the Montgomery Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet.
Gonzales was born in Cali, Colombia, where he started his ballet studies at age 8. With Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas, he danced the principal roles in "Le Corsaire," "Don Quixote," "The Nutcracker," "Midsummer Night's Dream," "Carmina Burana," "Carmen" and others. This also is his first year with the company.
A favorite part of this performance for the young audience members may be the costume contest. Children can come in their favorite Cinderella-inspired outfits. They will be entered into a contest with the winner meeting Cinderella and receiving the ballerina's pointe shoes from the performance.
Tickets for adults are $20-$30, and children are $12.
Tickets are available online at charlestonballet.org or by calling 723-7334.
Classical rock star
It's not often that a classical musician is called a rock star, but there is a group of young, talented people who are working to make the music more accessible to mainstream and young audiences.
One of them is cellist Joshua Roman, a 28-year-old who has played with such notables as Yo-Yo Ma and performed with Brooklyn Rider, the group that audiences here saw rock the house during a recent Spoleto Festival USA Music in Time series.
When he performed a duo with Yo-Yo Ma, it was a State Department occasion hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden for the president of China. With Brooklyn Rider, it was to make music with eclectic compositions.
And the guy is cool. Roman has a blog on his website, a YouTube channel, Facebook page and you can follow him on Twitter.
On Saturday, he will pair with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in a Masterworks concert, "Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak," at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium. At 4 p.m. March 4, he will perform with a CSO chamber music ensemble at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. The setting for the chamber music concert is wonderful with the harbor behind the large windows, so it's a perfect venue to listen to one of the new stars of chamber music.
Tickets for the Masterworks concert start at $20 for reserved seating, and general admission tickets for the chamber music concert are $25. Go to www.charlestonsymphony.org or call the CSO at 723-7528.
All-day arts festival
Also Saturday, Redux Contemporary Art Center will host an all-day arts extravaganza dubbed Redux Revival.
Adults and kids are invited to join the center for live music, hands-on art workshops, face-painting, food vendors and a traditional raffle. They are doing graffiti and screen printing, so bring a T-shirt and take home a souvenir of the event.
The artists' studios will be open, and visitors can look at art, talk with the artists and maybe learn some new techniques.
The festival runs 11 a.m.-11 p.m. with food trucks and drinks available all day and night. Tickets are $10 in advance at Redux and Artist & Craftsman Supply or $12 at the door. Kids are free. Redux is at 136 St. Philip St. in downtown Charleston. For more info call, 722-0697.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-5557.