Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - January 1, 2010

The wild invades the Amador Theater

State Street Ballet presents contemporary version of 'Jungle Book'

Wild animals get some sophistication as Civic Arts Presents hosts the State Street Ballet's production of "Jungle Book." The story, based on Rudyard Kipling's classic collection of stories inspired by his childhood in India, will unfold on the Amador Theater stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and for a SaturYay! performance at 11 a.m. Jan. 9.

State Street Ballet, an innovative professional dance company hailing from Santa Barbara, is known for combining classical technique with updated looks, special effects and digital technology to produce original works for contemporary audiences.

Tickets to "Jungle Book" range from $18 to $35 for adults and $10 to $25 for children and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at www.civicartstickets.org up to three hours prior to the performance, by calling 931-3444, or in person at the Amador Theater Box Office, 1155 Santa Rita Road. Box office hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and for two hours prior to the performance. Group discounts are available.

The audience is also encouraged to drop off food donations in barrels found in the theater lobby. Donations will be given to the Tri-Valley Haven food pantry, which distributes free groceries to more than 4,000 low-income Tri-Valley residents.

--Emily West

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