October 15th, 2013 |

Jenkintown, PA – Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) will open its season on Saturday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 24th with two exciting productions. The family-oriented program will feature a company premiere of Tea for Ruby, adapted from the picture book by #1 New York Times best-selling, Fancy Nancy illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser, and author Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York.    David Lichine’s Graduation Ball,   the classic comedy ballet in one act, will complete this action-packed program, sure to delight children of all ages.

Photo: Tea for Ruby illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser , photo by Eric Van Eyke

The performances will be held at 12:30pm and 4:30 pm on Saturday, November 23rd and 1:00pm and 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 24th at the Josephine Muller Auditorium at Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Running time of the program is one hour and 30 minutes, including one intermission.

Ms. Glasser will also appear as “the Queen”, at Ruby’s Royal Tea Party, a special event to be held in the time between the Saturday performances.  Dress up to dine with the Queen!  Delicious treats, music and fun will abound.  Ruby’s Royal Tea Party will be held on Saturday, November 23rd, 2:30pm, at the Faulkner Library at Abington Friends School.  One $35 admission ticket includes both the Tea Party and a Saturday Ballet performance.  One $50 admission ticket includes the Tea Party, a Saturday Ballet Admission and an autographed copy of the book,

Tea for Ruby.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please call 215-663-1665, email or visit to purchase tickets online.

Metropolitan Ballet’s Family Concert Series continues to enchant young families by bringing popular stories to the stage. Previous ballets performed in MBC’s Family Concert Series have included Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly, The Rainbow Fish, Hansel & Gretel, Peter Pan, Cinderella and Coppélia.

Metropolitan Ballet was recognized in the October 2011 issue of Pointe magazine as one of seven ballet studios across America that is producing major talent, and was most recently presented with the 2012 Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding School Award at the Regional Semi-Finals in Philadelphia.  The Company has also received national acclaim for its performances at the prestigious Regional Dance America festival, and for its Boys’ Scholarship Dance Program, which provides tuition-free training for more than 50 boys ages 7 through 18.

Metropolitan Ballet Company is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization providing scholarships, performance training for pre-professional dancers and outreach programs designed to promote a love and appreciation of dance in our community.