As a part of the Big Rapids Festival of the Arts, Barbara Pillsbury is presenting “An Evening with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers” on Thursday, February 9th at 7pm at the Big Rapids Community Library. Below is a statement from Barbara about the event.
“Growing up in Los Angeles, I was enamored of the movies, especially musicals. I began tap dancing at age 3 and went out to the movies 2-3 times a week. The first movie I remember starred Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron, ‘Daddy Long Legs’ (1955). When I began college at UCLA, I majored in History and minored in Film, especially film history. My first job was at CBS Studios where I was in charge of their film library – providing films for actors/writers/directors to view as they prepared their scripts and shows.
Since coming to Big Rapids, I have involved myself with STAGE-M and some of my favorite moments have been doing choreography where I incorporated several Fred and Ginger moves. Today I own all ten of the iconic dance team’s films and have read much of the history of these films and Fred and Ginger’s dance relationship. They were partners who made motion pictures together from 1933-1949 – a total of 10 movies, 9 with RKO Radio Pictures and one, The Barkleys of Broadway, with M-G-M, their only color (Technicolor) movie. Lots of fun stories revolve around their films and these anecdotes lend themselves to a fun discussion.”
For more information, please visit the Festival of Arts webpage.