Carolina Ballet Hosts The Little Mermaid Pre-Performance Discussion

Principal Guest Choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett Provides Behind-the-Scenes Look at Premiere of Hans Christian Andersen’s Endearing Fairytale

Raleigh, NC, March 15, 2012 --( Robert Weiss, artistic director and CEO of Carolina Ballet (, has announced that Lynne Taylor-Corbett, principal guest choreographer, will present a pre-performance discussion of the company’s premiere of The Little Mermaid on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ovations Room of Fletcher Opera Theater, located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts at 2 E. South St. The talk, taking place prior to the night’s 8 p.m. performance, will offer attendees a behind-the-scenes look at humor and drama of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale, as well as Taylor-Corbett’s personal insight into how the show provides Broadway-style production values using traditional ballet conventions.

Those interested in attending must RSVP to Jill Kuykendall at, as seating is limited. For more information, visit or call (919) 719-0800.

“Lynne is a highly gifted and intuitive choreographer, having produced more than a dozen ballets over the past fourteen seasons for Carolina Ballet,” said Weiss. “Her work with The Little Mermaid will make these performances a joy to experience for adults and children alike, and we invite the public to join us to take in this enchanting piece of art.”

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- The Little Mermaid opens Thursday, March 15 and runs over the course of three weekends through Sunday, April 1. The schedule of performances is as follows: Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 17 and Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18, Sunday, March 25 and Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.

- The Little Mermaid is part of Carolina Ballet’s family subscription package for the spring season.

About Carolina Ballet:
Carolina Ballet is a world-class professional ballet company based in Raleigh, N.C. Since its professional launch in 1998 under the leadership of Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss, the company has staged more than 80 world premiere ballets, toured internationally in China and Hungary, and has been acclaimed as one of the premiere arts organizations in the country. The mission of Carolina Ballet is to entertain and enlighten audiences in Raleigh, the greater Triangle area, North Carolina and beyond. The organization seeks to accomplish this mission by presenting traditional ballets of legendary masters; commissioning new works by innovative choreographers; educating current and future audiences through programs for school-aged children and other performance outreach activities; and attracting, developing, and retaining excellent dancers and artistic personnel, combined with a fiscally responsible management and board of directors. For more information, please visit or call (919) 719-0800.

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