People can easily get distracted by shiny new things. This is what happens in Hans Christian Anderson's The Peruvian Nightingale. The story follows the Emperor of Peru as he falls in love with the beautiful singing of a nightingale that lives in his gardens. That is, until he receives the gift of a bejeweled mechanical nightingale that enthralls him and his court, leaving the real bird to fly away unnoticed. However, the golden toy offers little comfort to the Emperor when he falls ill. The real nightingale eventually returns briefly to sing him back to health, leading the ruler (and, hopefully, the audience) to contemplate the differences between infatuation and pure love. The Ballet of the Dolls' fall production will feature choreography by Myron Johnson, costumes by Grant Whittaker, and Peruvian folk music performed by Yma Sumac.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 12:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 18. Continues through Oct. 28, 2012