- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2007

By Diane Bui, age 14

Northwest High School, Germantown

“Edward Scissorhands,” which closed this week at the Kennedy Center Opera House, is a modern-day ballet inspired by the 1990 Tim Burton movie.

It is a remarkable story of how love is blind. Edward, played by Sam Archer, is an outcast boy who has scissors for hands. He was brought to life by the Inventor, played by Adam Galbraith, but when Mr. Galbraith dies, Edward finds himself in a “perfect” neighborhood where he is taken in by the Boggs family.

The funny thing with the ballet is that in about five minutes, the neighbors go from being scared of Edward to seeing his soft personality and including him in just about everything.

Then Edward takes a liking to Kim Boggs (Kerry Biggin), who is dating Jim Upton (James Leece), the mayor’s son.

The most remarkable scene probably is the “Topiary Garden,” where Edward and Kim dance together and fall in love. However, we learn that Jim is a possessive boyfriend who refuses to let Kim go, and this is where the trouble begins. Throughout the second act, we see Kim and Edward’s desire to be with each other, only to be torn apart by Jim.

Overall, “Edward Scissorhands” uses unique choreography and music, much from the movie, to convey its touching message of love.

Although the dancing is remarkable, some scenes do not add much to the story and only seem to take up time. For example, the “Suburban Ballet” scene shows nearly 10 minutes of the town where the Boggses, the Uptons and the other families live. Even though this scene establishes who’s who in the neighborhood, I did not find it necessary because the audience does not need to experience the same thing over and over again.

Other than that specific scene, though, “Edward Scissorhands” is entertaining and sends an amazing message about love.

If you love ballet, music or the “Edward Scissorhands” movie, you definitely will love the ballet version adapted by Matthew Bourne and his ballet company, New Adventures.

The British company, on a U.S. tour, plays next in St. Louis and will appear in Brooklyn, N.Y., from March 14 to 31.

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