A mixture of literature, movement and music will bound into being when Mobile Ballet stages its rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on March 3 and 4. It will mark the premiere of the work in the Azalea City.

Guest Artistic Director Katia Garza has run the cast of 40-plus dancers through their paces since work began in January. It wasn’t her first time with the 56-year-old source material.

“About five years ago, I was asked by Orlando to do this for them. I re-choreographed it, then did it in Corpus Christi, too. This will be the fourth time I’ve done it,” Garza said.

The two-act ballet was first brought to the stage in 1962 when George Balanchine employed Felix Mendelssohn’s music for the noted Shakespeare comedy.

“This is one of my favorites,” Garza said, nodding to companies such as the Royal Ballet, Boston Ballet and Miami City Ballet. “Now, Mobile Ballet will have its own version.”

Performances are March 3, 7:30 p.m., and March 4, 2:30 p.m., at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.

Tickets start at $20 with discounts for children, students, seniors, military and groups.

Call Mobile Ballet box office at 251-342-2241 or go to mobileballet.org.


Written word festival March 3

The Mobile Writers’ Guild and the Mobile Public Library partner with the Metro Mobile Reading Council to stage the 2018 Mobile Literary Festival on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ben May Public Library (701 Government St.). The event is their second edition of a combination workshop and celebration of the written word under one roof.

A local-author showcase and book sale will feature such Mobile authors as Carolyn Haines, Sue Brannan Walker, Emily Blejwas, Linda Busby Parker, Angela Quarles and more.

Choose from workshop and discussion topics in the “Beyond Book Club Discussion Series,” such as their “Emerging Writers Workshop,” “Book Marketing: What Works!” and “Writing Forbidden Topics.” Workshops and discussions range from 30 minutes to almost two hours.

There’s also a 45-minute Brown Bag Lunch and Listen with Dr. Walker, former Alabama State Poet Laureate.

Children’s activities include build-a-character, a literary scavenger hunt, story time and more to delight budding readers and writers. Learn to create comic books or explore a vast universe of children’s and youth literature with your youngster.

The festival is free and open to the public.

For more information, including a complete schedule, visit the Facebook page for the 2018 Mobile Literary Festival.