Hyde Park School of Dance preparing for “The Nightengale”

Herald Intern

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) will present an original production of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St.

The ballet performance by HPSD, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., is an adaptation of the 1843 fairy tale about a Chinese emperor and his mechanical nightingale. It features more than 80 student dancers ages 7 to 18 backed by narration and music from Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and “Night on Bald Mountain.”

Rehearsal director Aimee Tye says she is impressed at how well the students have progressed under a tight rehearsal schedule. “Our students always do this,” she said.  “They always bring the ballets to a new level and they just make it theirs.”

According to HPSD founder and Artistic Director August Tye, the production has been a community effort involving HPSD students, their parents and volunteers: “There’s an army of people who believe in this mission.”

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for children ages 5 to 18, seniors and students with ID. Admission is free for children younger than 5. For more information, visit hydeparkdance.org or call 773-493-8498.