Out in the crowd: Northeast Atlanta Ballet presents 'Beauty and the Beast'

A French castle will come alive with enchanted dancing teacups, forks and spoons, a feather duster and other household items as a beautiful ballerina falls in love with a beast on stage at the Gwinnett Center this weekend.

The Northeast Atlanta Ballet will present the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast" in a three-act, original ballet choreographed by former Gwinnett resident Allison Geary.

"This ballet is perhaps one of our most creative collaborations yet," artistic director Jennifer Gordon said. "From the inspiring classical music selection to the ornate costumes, this production really has something for everyone. The show is filled with moments of fun and laughter in the serene village, spoons and forks that can can, to the touching moments between Belle and the Beast where true love is not about the outward appearance."

While the dancers involved in the production worked to learn their roles and the accompanying dances, volunteers with the NEAB Seam Team worked to create what they boast as the most colorful and creative costumes to grace the Performing Arts Center stage.

The costumes have been in the works for almost a year, beginning with gypsy skirts started last summer and culminating with vests and knickers completed just a few weeks ago.

The teapot's costume was made from a reproduction pattern of an 18th century dress and consists of three pieces with a raised skirt to allow ample movement as Lindsay Blackburn, a junior at Grayson High School, performs pirouettes and other steps.

"The teapot is a Marie Antoinette-inspired creation, and the candelabra is a gold lame masterpiece," Gordon said. "The feather duster has an ostrich plume hat and feathered skirt."

Dancers with the Northeast Atlanta Ballet will don their respective costumes at 7:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday for performances. For more information on "Beauty and the Beast," call 770-921-7277 or visit www.northeastatlantaballet.org.