Tickets on sale for holiday program by Friendswood Contemporary Ballet

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Tickets for Friendswood Contemporary Ballet’s production of The Girl with the Matchsticks, a joyful reimagining of the Hans Christian Andersen seasonal classic, are now on sale for their performance November 16 at 6 pm at Friendswood Junior High School’s theater.

This is Friendswood Contemporary Ballet’s third annual holiday production for its growing semi-professional ballet company.

Tickets for the single performance are $20 for adults and $15 each for children (age 12 and younger) and seniors (age 60 and over). Tickets are available at

Friendswood Contemporary Ballet gives pre-professional company dancers the opportunity to learn from two professional dancers performing with the student cast.

Dancer Melissa Ludwig has danced professionally with the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Milwaukee Ballet, and Ballet Austin. She joined Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre in 2012 as an Artist in Residence. 

Ludwig is currently the Dance Program Deputy for the Juxtapose Emphasis Theatre and Performing Arts Center, and the Youth Program Principal for Vitacca Vocational School for Dance Montrose.

Edward DeShane is a professional, free-lance dancer in Houston. He grew up dancing at Ballet Magnificat and trained there for over eight years.

He danced professionally with Ballet Magnificat in Mississippi, Uptown Dance Company in Houston, and Tobacco Road Dance Productions in North Carolina. Edward graduated from Belhaven University with the class of 2016 and earned his B.F.A. in Dance.

The Girl with the Matchsticks is based upon the Hans Christian Anderson seasonal classic.

“This is our favorite time of year, celebrating Christmas with a beautiful story that illustrates what is most important in life, the precious people around us,” Shanna Kirkpatrick, founder of Friendswood Contemporary Ballet, said. “Our company members love to perform, and we look forward to helping kick off the holiday season with the community through this unique holiday story.”

Friendswood Contemporary Ballet produces high quality dance performances for the community, providing an outlet for pre-professional young adults to showcase their years of dedication and talent in contemporary ballet.

Twice a year, Friendswood Contemporary Ballet produces a full-length, high-quality performance to showcase the talented pre-professional dancers in the program.

Friendswood Junior High theater is located at 1000 Manison Pkwy.

Friendswood Contemporary Ballet’s third annual holiday production, The Girl with the Matchsticks, will be November 16 at 6 pm at Friendswood Junior High School’s theater.

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