200 dancers, 2 casts present 'Roar of Love'

With spring having officially arrived, it's time for the Columbia County Ballet's 26th annual Roar of Love production.


"It's the perfect time of year," said the ballet's artistic director, Ron Jones. "Aslan (the Lion) is on the move."

The ballet is an interpretation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis but also follows the Easter story, Jones said. The audience will watch as a young girl and her siblings explore a world of mystique and enchantment on stage.

Roar of Love began in 1985 and was first performed at Bon Air Hotel in Augusta. The performance Saturday will be at the Bell Auditorium.

Nearly 200 dancers are divided into two casts and each performs at a different time. The first showing is at 1 p.m. and the second at 5 p.m.

Each year, Jones said, the choreography and selected costumes are updated to enhance the performance.

"The colors can really be breathtaking," he said.

Rehearsals for Roar of Love began in January, and Jones said the energy from the dancers has been "amazing."

Before they go on stage, Jones said he tells those at his Martinez ballet studio that performing isn't just about the applause.

"The deeper meaning to performing is to take something that is very special within you and give it to the audience," he said.

If you go

WHAT: Columbia County Ballet presents Roar of Love

WHEN: 1 and 5 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. in Augusta

COST: $25 adults, $20 students, seniors and active military personnel with ID; (706) 860-1852, columbiacountyballet.com