Marin Dance Theatre Performs "Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop" December 3 at Stanford Hospital & Clinics

For Release: November 25, 2008

Media Contact: Liat Kobza
(650) 723-1462

STANFORD, Calif . - The atrium at Stanford Hospital & Clinics will be the site for a special holiday ballet performance on Wednesday December 3 at 2:00 pm. That's when the curtain will go up for "Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop," an original production showcasing more than three dozen youthful dancers from the Marin Dance Theatre.

The one-time performance is free and open to patients, their families, staff and visitors. Patients from both Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital will be in attendance. Following the show, costumed dancers will visit children at Packard.

"We're very pleased to be able to offer this wonderful performance for our patients, families and visitors, which is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Helen and Peter Bing," said Greg Kaufman, director of the music program at Stanford Hospital. "To have the Marin Dance Theatre perform at Stanford Hospital's annual holiday ballet is a very special event. Attendees, especially the children, will love the dancer's style, skill and costumes," he said.

Marin Dance Theatre at Stanford HospitalThe dancers, ages 12 to 20, look forward to coming to the Hospital, said MDT director Margaret Swarthout. "I think children like to give if you give them the right situation." The chance to do something for others, she said, mirrors the theme of the dance. A little girl who has been given a gift gives it away to another child, and, taken with that kindness, a toymaker takes her to his workshop, passing through the Land of Snows to a shop where dolls come to life.

The sets recall a Charles Dickens Victorian Christmas and the music is among the most enduring and endearing, drawn from the work of Strauss, Rossini, Saint-Saens and Resphigi. Also included will a very well-known piece of music - the waltzing "Ice Skaters" - composed by Emile Waldteufel, whose music entertained Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace.

Note to Media : If you wish to attend the performance, we ask that you contact Liat Kobza, Media Relations Coordinator at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, at (650) 723-1462 or

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