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‘Into The Woods’ like you’ve never seen it before: BADA presents Broadway, box office hit as a ballet

The cast of Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts (BADA) "Into The Woods" ballet poses for a recent photo. / Bob Stuart Photography

Commentary by Abby Chester
Times-News correspondent

   For inspiration for this year’s ballet, the Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts (BADA) owners Drew and Virginia DuPont, looked to the big screen.
The couple decided on the movie and Broadway musical “Into the Woods.” It is their favorite musical and because of the movie’s popularity, they decided to turn it into a ballet.
This is no ordinary ballet. Because the couple wanted to turn it in the direction of incorporating all of the arts, not just dance, they decided to take a step forward. Accompanying the dancers, 12 chosen singers will be the voices to the lead characters. This is BADA’s first step to completing its goal of honoring all the arts.
With 111 dancers and 12 singers, the ballet is sure to be different from the movie and musical, and even other ballets. First of all, because ballets are supposed to be stories told entirely through dance, with no words, this version of “Into the Woods” is already different. But in contrast with the movie or musical, this ballet mainly features dance to dialogue.
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Know your farmer, know your food

Chandler Holland purchases strawberries from the Little Creek Vineyard & Music booth at the Saturdays in Saxapahaw Farmers Market. / Michael Holland, Special to the Times-News

Commentary by Chandler Holland
Times-News correspondent

   With summer almost here, local farmers markets are in full swing. We are fortunate to have so many nearby, with easy access to healthy, seasonal produce. With the amazing variety of fruits and vegetables at your fingertips, it can be difficult to pick out what you want for supper.
Salads are a natural choice that takes advantage of the wonderful bounty of the season. Salads can be so much more interesting than simply lettuce. By adding a rainbow of seasonal produce, humble lettuce can be raised up to become the centerpiece of the perfect meal for a hot summer evening.
Get to know your food better by getting to know your farmer. A list of local farmers markets can be found each Wednesday in the Times-News Food section. To help you learn about what’s in season, here in Alamance County, the following resources may be helpful: What’s in Season? North Carolina Fruit and Vegetable Availability Chart, and 10 Percent Campaign: Building North Carolina’s Local Food Economy,

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Music isn’t only focus in “Pitch Perfect 2″

Anna Kendrick, as Beca, is shown in a scene from Universal Pictures' "Pitch Perfect 2." / Richard Cartwright / Universal Pictures

Reviewed by Zoie Nelson
Times-News correspondent

   Three years ago, the musical comedy “Pitch Perfect” was an instant hit and now, the sequel, “Pitch Perfect 2,” is doing it again.
After embarrassing not only themselves but the entire a cappella community in front of the President of the United States of America, the Barden Bellas must compete in an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to prove themselves again.
The original Bellas, Beca (Anna Kendrick), Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and Chloe (Brittany Snow), are joined by a couple new faces such as fun-loving freshman Emily (Hailee Steinfeld). But music and the Bellas aren’t the only thing they’re worried about. As senior year begins to come to an end, the seniors must begin thinking about life after college and life after the Barden Bellas. It’s a bittersweet moment for all.
Making sequels to follow such hit movies is always difficult, but director Elizabeth Banks has created a beautiful ending for the Pitch Perfect girls.
Though not as funny as the original, this movie will still make you laugh. It’s rated PG-13 for sexual innuendoes, but is still a family fun movie for older kids. With music, love and suspense, this movie is a definite must-see.

 Zoie Nelson is a sophomore at Williams High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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