Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre teamed up to present a sold-out family-friendly event Friday as 400 patrons were privy to two special student performances of "Swan Lake" in Phipps' lush botanical gardens.
"We were thrilled to be able to bring the experience of the beloved classic 'Swan Lake' to Pittsburghers in a format and beautiful garden setting that was not only unique but also perfect for younger audiences," said Liz Fetchin, Phipps director of marketing and communications.
A cast of pre-professional PBT School students performed vignettes from the Tchaikovsky classic. Many of the young students had previously graced the Benedum Center stage alongside professional dancers and were eager to showcase their dancing skills for an encore to the delight of the children in attendance. After each performance ballerinas, including Marisa Grywalski, who portrayed the tragic Swan Queen, stayed to take pictures with the children in the audience.