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Drop Everything And Go See Columbus Dance Theatre’s ‘Matchgirl’ This Weekend

Looking for an awesome way to celebrate the arts and the holidays?

The Columbus Dance Theatre’s holiday classic ‘Matchgirl’ will return for its 18th year. Based on the poem by Hans Christian Andersen, Matchgirl tells the story of a poverty-stricken little girl, who finds herself selling matches for money on New Year’s Eve.

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Matchgirl was created as Columbus Dance Theatre’s annual family ballet by CDT Artistic Director Tim Veach

“I look forward to it each year,” says Veach. “We bring our nationally recognized professional training school and our professional Company together each year for this annual tradition and the largest cast to date.”

“It is such a joy to see the children dancing along with the Company in a ballet that confronts our human frailties and embraces a message of tolerance, transformation, and understanding.”

Associate Professor of Music at Ohio Wesleyan University Jason Hiester will conduct the production, including an ensemble of singers and instrumentalists.

“The music for Act I of the ballet features various works by Aaron Copland,” said Veach via CDT’s website. “The music for Act II is John Rutter’s Magnificat.”

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CDT dancer and student Madeline Gosnell will dance the role of the Matchgirl, once again this year.

“When we first did the ballet sixteen years ago we had several girls from the School dance the role of the Matchgirl,” said Veach. “That changed to a professional from the Company over the years. Maddie is fantastic in the part. It is so moving to see a child of 14 years of age go through the difficult and transformational process found in the Matchgirl’s journey.”

The dance theatre will also host a canned food drive. If you’d like to help fight childhood hunger, please consider bringing an item or two to donate with you to any of the performances.

There will be just three performances of Matchgirl. December 15 at 8 p.m., December 16 at 3 p.m., and December 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $15 for students and can be purchased here.

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