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Baseball ballet this week in Ronkonkoma

Ballet Long Island performs "Casey at the Bat."

Ballet Long Island performs "Casey at the Bat." Credit: Debra Klipstein

Ballet Long Island is hoping to draw a new audience for its performance of "Casey at the Bat" this week in Ronkonkoma.

Typically, the ballet performs shows such as "Cinderella," "Snow White" and parts of "Swan Lake." But choreographer and artistic director Debra Punzi says she wanted to try something new when she set the famous baseball poem to dance.

The performance consists of characters such as ticketholders, a dueling popcorn seller and peanut seller who dance a pas de deux, a baseball player and a young boy. Music is from the late 1800s, Punzi says.

Is she hoping to draw in some boys with this show? Definitely, she says. My own son plays a lot of baseball and my husband plays baseball. Im kind of surrounded at home by baseball. I just put the two together. I thought it would be a fun subject matter and I also thought it would be an interesting way to get some new ballet audience to come see a ballet -- to try to get people who have never seen a ballet to come see it because its a blend of American culture and ballet, which of course comes from European culture.

Performances are at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $18 per adult, $9 for child or senior citizen. The show is at 1863 Pond Rd., Ronkonkoma. 631-737-1964;

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