Balance Dance Company Explores Magical World In Luna's Magic Flute 

Tuesday Dec. 11

Zelda: The Ocarina of Time is arguably one of the greatest adventure video games ever. In it, the hero, Link, obtains a magical flute that, when played, uncovers the obscured, opens closed doors and charms mythical creatures. He explores the vast world in which he lives, ultimately using his flute to defeat the evil Ganondorf.

In a similar vein is Luna's Magic Flute, the American premiere of which takes place at Boise Contemporary Theater Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m., performed by Jennifer Myers (flute) and Betsi Hodges (piano), 60 dancers from the School of Balance Dance Company and Open Arms Dance Project.

The story goes like this: Young Luna (played by Boise High School junior Rebecca Reed), gets her hands on a magic flute and explores the world, making new friends and encountering danger along the way in the form of a dragon, which Luna must outwit after the oversized lizard steals her enchanted accessory. The whole shebang is set to music by Blaz Pucihar.

"It's cute. It's kids. It's not the Nutcracker," wrote Leah Clark of Balance Dance in an email. All the same, it promises lively and original music, a huge cast and the services of narrator Renee Knappenberger of Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

OK, so giant lizards and enchanted woodwind instruments might not be traditional holiday fare, but it's good to shake things up a bit. Besides, there are plenty of nutcrackers out there already.

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