Aesop’s fables brought a lot of joy to my childhood. Stories such as “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and “The Tortoise and the Hare” may be the surviving artifacts of a storyteller believed to have lived between 620 and 560 B.C., but they continue to have cultural impact. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard my mom tell my brother and me not to “cry wolf,” or that “the early bird gets the worm.” That’s the beauty in the storytelling tradition — a fresh take on old classics can bring parents back to childhood, while reeling the children in with small modern tweaks.
But it shouldn’t take much modification to make these classics come alive, as the fables’ wit and wisdom speak for themselves. Presented by the Nashville Ballet, this rendition translates several of Aesop's fables — including “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Fox and The Crow,” “The Wind and the Sun” and “The Ants and the Grasshopper” — into ballets for kids, complete with elaborate costumes and masks. There will be lessons learned, laughs had and imaginations filled.