Northern Ballet returned to The Maltings on Saturday and delighted audiences with three performances of its new ballet - Three Little Pigs.
Choreographed and directed especially for children, the talented cast danced their way through the well known fairytale in a witty and slick production which kept the young crowd entranced.
Live musicians accompanied the dancers and impressive props, costumes and sets added to the magic.
Although loosely based on the classic tale, the ballet’s creators had made some ‘improvements’ including the introduction of a rabbit character sporting a top hat and parasol.
The three piggies – lovingly portrayed and comically dressed - were very silly and prone to falling down and wiggling their bottoms in the air.
The part where the wolf disguised himself as a garden gnome in attempt to fool piggy two prompted much laughter and, of course, the big bad wolf never succeeded in his bid to eat the pigs for dinner.
Instead he was tricked into falling into the cooking pot and was chased away by an angry mummy pig.
The short ballets - this one was little more than 30 minutes long - are aimed at introducing children to live theatre and, judging by the gasps and giggles, Three Little Pigs certainly left the audience wanting more.
Although they delivered everything you would expect from a professional ballet company, the performances were inexpensive too at £4.50 or £5.50 a ticket. It is no surprise that the auditorium was packed all afternoon.
The company already had many small followers in the town as a result of workshops held at local first schools earlier this year. Dancers from the show worked with pupils to inspire them to create their own choreography and improve their technique
Last year’s ballet The Ugly Duckling was also a big hit, often shown on CBeebies.
To have your say and choose your favourite character go to northernballet.com/shortballets