It's actually the first and last annual ballet, for by the time the fiasco is over Christina has decided to our relief to...

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CHRISTINA KATERINA AND THE FIRST ANNUAL GRAND BALLET

It's actually the first and last annual ballet, for by the time the fiasco is over Christina has decided to our relief to switch to baseball. Meanwhile Fats the lighting director/stage manager/ curtain puller turns off the ""sun,"" sets off the hunter's loud ""gun"" by mistake, and brings the curtain crashing all the way down. Michelle and Kim, the corps de ballet, go through their paces without incident but Christina, as self-appointed prima ballerina, stumbles over Mrs. Jenkins' foot, ""dies"" too soon, and later falls over the apples -- though Gauch can't resist putting her through a flawless finale as the swan to make everything okay. Doris Burn makes the costumes more ingenious than we would expect from such a klutzy crew and her postures and expressions are right in line with Gauch's funny-cute tone, but our guess is that here as at the grand ballet, mothers of would-be ballerinas, to whom the wobbly efforts will look familiar, will be the most appreciative audience.

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1974