Lake Charles Civic Ballet

Lake Charles Civic Ballet Assemblé 2014: The Author’s Perspective

This is the third installment in our Assemblé 2014 blog series. The performance opens March 22 and includes Cinderella with the Lake Charles Symphony as well new work, The Tortoise and His Hair.


By Eloise Huber

I started writing The Tortoise and His Hair almost three years ago. Never once throughout the whole process did I think about ballet, choreography or music composition. Why would I have? So when I found myself sitting in Lady Holly’s living room over the Christmas holidays, I was completely unprepared for what walked through her door.

Three talented musicians sat across from me and picked up their instruments: a guitar, a cello, and a mandolin.

The magic began. The experience of listening to an original music composition while Lady Holly read my book aloud was insanely surreal. I wanted to cry, but I could barely breathe!

Lady Holly, Theresa, Thomas, Danley Jr. and Danley Sr. worked well together. I couldn’t believe I was surrounded by such artistic talent, and by some miracle, I was actually involved. I watched them create music right before my eyes as they made adjustments to fit the mood of every page. It looked effortless and sounded amazing.

I can’t wait to see it all come together in March!


Weezy Huber lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana with her husband and three sons. She is a member of the Southwest Louisiana Children’s Book Writers’ and Illustrators’ Guild. With the support of the guild and her friends and family she continues to write for children.

The Tortoise and His Hair is currently available for purchase at the following SWLA locations:

Accessory Zone
Caraway’s Pharmacy in Westlake
Emily’s Children’s Store
Paisley Peach in Moss Buff
Mae Mae’s–7th and Hodges
Sulphur Shell Station

Photo by Danley Romero –