AVON PARK, Fla. – Oct. 27, 2016 – Dance auditions for children who will perform in the Florida premiere of the ballet “Beauty and the Beast” will be held on Nov. 6 at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at South Florida State College, Avon Park.

“This is the same company that performed ‘The Nutcracker’ last December,” said Cindy Garren, director of Cultural Programs at SFSC. Garren said William Starrett, artistic director of Columbia City Ballet, will conduct the auditions. Nancy McDuffee, with Dance Unlimited of Highlands County, will serve as the local dance director.

The Beauty and the Beast ballet is a new production that will be staged at the Wildstein Center on Feb. 7, with one performance at 7 p.m.

Auditions for girls and boys ages 4-6 will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2-3:15 p.m.; ages 7-10, 3:15-4:30 p.m.; age 11 and older, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Dancers who have been on pointe over two years should bring their pointe shoes.

Girls should wear a black leotard, pink tights, and ballet shoes. Hair should be taken back in a bun. Boys should wear a white leotard or plain white T-shirt, black tights, and black shoes. Or, boys can wear black tights with white socks, and white shoes. Dancers should not wear sneakers or flip-flops.

A $10 audition fee is payable to the Columbia City Ballet. The children should arrive at the Wildstein Center 30 minutes before the audition to complete registration forms and to warm up.

“This isn’t a Disney version with dancing tea pots and candlesticks,” Garren said. “This sumptuous ballet tells the age-old fairy tale where the good-hearted Beauty overlooks the Beast’s ugliness and grows to love him.”

Sponsors of the performance are: Dr. Andrew and Beth Kulick, Terry and Michele Heston, Carol Emery, Dr. Witford and Inga Reid, Dr. Catherine P. Cornelius, Joan Hartt, All Around Septic and Sewer, and Dr. Donald, Ruth, and Kimberly Geldart.

SFSC presents more than 30 national and internationally touring artists at the 1460-seat Wildstein Center and the 250-seat SFSC University Center Auditorium located on the SFSC Highlands Campus at 600 W. College Dr. in Avon Park.