By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 17th annual Fairy Ball will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 7 – 9 p.m., sponsored by the Paseo Arts Association, Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan and the Oklahoma Arts Council. The free children’s costume and dance event will take place in the Crown Jewel Amphitheater located on the grounds of First Christian Church, 3700 N. Walker Avenue in Oklahoma City.
This event encourages children to be creative and to move and dance in their own costumes made from recycled and found materials.
The fantasy fun begins at home before the Ball begins, where children are encouraged to create a fanciful costume that captures their feelings of wonder.
Rummaging through thrift stores or family closets can reveal treasures to create make believe attire for both girls and boys.
“You will be surprised by what you can create with charming, unusual and unpredictable materials. Go for originality,” suggests Lorrie Keller director of StarDanceSwan who repurposes vintage clothing to create costumes for the company’s fairy dancers.
According to Keller, imaginative thinking is the ingredient most needed to build a costume for the Fairy Ball.
“Find forgotten treasures in the back of your closets. Repurpose what you find,” added Keller. “The characters who come to the Fairy Ball are always enchanting and bring the Ball to life.”
According to organizers, all kinds of enchanting characters are welcome to join the dancers. Bugs, blossoms, elves, trolls, fairies, sky heroes, wizards, light creatures, mice and furry kittens… any fanciful being that can be imagined is welcome.
At twilight, children will gather together in their costumes for a night of colorful music and dance. Trees surrounding the historic Crown Jewel Amphitheater will be decorated with sparkling lights to welcome children and their parents.
“The Fairy Ball is a magical, glamorous and playful moment to honor the summer solstice,” said Gail Sloop, Oklahoma City Public School art educator. “Children dress up in their fanciful fairytale costumes and dance with the “Theater Upon a Star Dance Swan” troupe.
“Lights and decorations adorn the Crown Jewel amphitheater while adding that magical feeling of transition,” Sloop added.
This event is free to the public. Donations are accepted to help offset the costs of the Fairy Ball activities. Children must be accompanied by their parents. In case of inclement weather, a rain date will be announced.
For more information, call the Paseo Arts Association at 405-525-2688, or visit thepaseo.org.