This afternoon I got to see my beautiful and talented niece Tashena dance in CDT's production of The Apple-Pip Princess at the Capitol Theatre. The program is based on the well-known children's book by Jane Kay. A King has three daughters who all choose a keepsake from their mother before she dies. Suzanna, the oldest, chooses a pair of scarlet shoes because they make her feel tall and important. Miranda chooses a mirror because it makes her feel beautiful. Serenity, the youngest, chooses a plain wooden box full of seven treasures collected by her mother when she was a girl. They include raindrops, sunlight, a fragment of a rainbow, a starbird's feather, a spider web, a nightingale's song, and an apple seed. The kingdom becomes cold and barren after the Queen's death so the King decides to choose one of the princesses to take his place and tells them they have seven days and nights to do something to make him proud. Suzanna decides to build a tower of wood to show how important she is. Miranda decides to build a tower of metal to show how beautiful she is. Serenity decides to plant the apple seed left by her mother and uses the treasures in the box to make it grow. The King chooses Serenity to rule because she has brought the kingdom back to life with her apple tree.
Tashena's dance is called "Raindrops" and I thought it was amazing because all of the dancers are in a tight formation which actually looks like a cloud with raindrops falling. Tashena doesn't really like it because it is difficult to distinguish her from the other dancers. She also thinks her costume is "humiliating" because it is a tight silver bodysuit with a hood.
I thought the program was absolutely fantastic this year and, as always, I loved watching Tashena dance.
Tashena on stage in CDT's production of Alice Through The Looking-Glass in 2011.
Tashena at the CDT production of North Star in 2010.
Tashena on stage for North Star in 2010.
Tashena at CDT's production of Coming Home in 2009. Her picture was selected to be on the program cover and she was selected to represent the current dancers on a banner showing the history of Virginia Tanner Dance!
Tashena on stage for Coming Home in 2009.
We are so proud of her!