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“The whole evening is diversely entertaining. It truly envelops all different kinds of dance, music and entertainment.”

These are the words Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo choreographer Jackie Lee used to describe the upcoming two-part performance of “The Crucible” and “La Fille Mal Garde.”

The first act of the night starts off with “La Fille Mal Garde” — a comedic approach to classic ballet.

“I really tried to keep all the fun and comedy in,” Lee explained. “You don’t need to be a ballet aficionado to enjoy it. Ballet means story and ‘La Fille Mal Garde’ really does tell a story”.

“La Fille Mal Garde,” which translates to “The Defiant Daughter” tells a story of young love with a comedic approach, complete with maypole dance, folk style dance and classical ballet in this old English tale.

After intermission, the stage will be set for “The Crucible,” choreographed by Drew Silvaggio. “The Crucible,” based on the classic piece of American literature, is set to tell the compelling tale of witch hunters and mystery with a new, contemporary approach. With inspired choreography and an impeccable group of dancers, the performance is sure to impress.

“I think both performances are really going to be crowd pleasers,” Lee said. “They both break the stereotypical barriers of ballet dance and technique, and I think the audience is going to love it.”

The show is on April 15 at 7 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m. in the Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at

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