We’re all familiar with the classic love story of Beauty and the Beast, where a poor merchant’s daughter becomes the mistress of a horrific beast living in a luxurious castle. For months this young beautiful woman is pampered by the beast’s servants as he continuously asks for her hand in marriage. The beauty graciously refuses though, telling him that she is solely interested in friendship. What she doesn’t know is that behind the gnarled hair and sharp teeth of her repulsive suitor lies a handsome, charming prince. However, his appearance is deceiving because he has been put under a spell by a bitter fairy that he refused to shelter a while back. If only the beautiful young woman could admit her undying love for the beast, they could spend their lives happily ever after. Watch this tale as it comes to life like never before—skilled ballet dancers of the State Street Ballet grace the stage performing choreography by the Emmy Award-winning choreographer Robert Sund. Complete with elaborate costumes, embellished masks and colorful sets that narrate the story, this show will surely blow your mind. Endless leaps, points, turns and twirls are poetically paired with the entrancing classical music by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, altogether bringing you a story with a refreshing happy ending of how true love can conquer anything.
Redlands Bowl, 25 Grant St., Redlands, (909) 793-7316; www.redlandsbowl.com. 8pm. $69-144.