Shot on Location: Ellie Caulkins Theatre July 22, 2015
Release Date: September 15, 2015
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Colorado Ballet seeks schools throughout Colorado and out-of-state to participate in a free remote live stream of its student matinee performance of The Nutcracker at 11 a.m. on December 4.
This is the second time that Colorado Ballet will live stream a production in its student matinee series, which brings nearly 2,000 students to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex to watch ballet performances with full sets, costumes and a live orchestra. Colorado Ballet hosted its first live stream during the student matinee of La Sylphide on October 1. Students in Rico, CO and Sheridan WY streamed the performance and Colorado Ballet is looking to expand the number of schools participating in the program for The Nutcracker student matinee.
“This is such a great opportunity for students here,” said one of the teachers in Wyoming who participated in the La Sylphide live stream with her class.
Colorado Ballet opens its fall and spring student matinee productions to all interested schools and school groups, but The Nutcracker student matinee has always been an invitation-only student matinee presented at no cost to the highest percentage Title I schools. While the in-person student matinee this year will remain invitation-only, the live stream is open to any school that would like to participate.
“The live stream is an amazing way to expose students to dance who otherwise wouldn’t be able to see our shows,” said Anne O’Connor, Colorado Ballet’s Director of Education and Community Partnerships. “Teachers are really excited to be able to offer professional-level performing arts in areas where there is limited access.”
Interested schools can contact O’Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, including technical requirements. A study guide with curriculum suggestions relevant to the production is available at www.coloradoballet.org.
The Nutcracker features choreography after Marius Petipa and music by Tchaikovsky, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. The total runtime of the production including the intermission is 1 hour and 50 minutes. The 20 minute intermission will feature live interviews with artistic staff and dancers for schools participating in the live stream.
|Dana Benton by Mike Watson
Artistic Director Gil Boggs, principal dancer Dana Benton and soloist Francisco Estevez talk about The Nutcracker on 9News' Colorado & Company.
KeyBank Presents Colorado Ballet's 55th annual
November 28-December 27, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
This is an interview with Colorado Ballet dancer Sarah Tryon about dancing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker. The video includes rehearsal footage of Sarah Tryon, Luis Valdes and Emily Dixon.KeyBank Presents Colorado Ballet's 55th annual production of The Nutcracker
Colorado Ballet will host the “Queen of Hearts Ball,” an Alice in Wonderland-themed gala at 5:30 p.m. on February 25, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The evening’s entertainment will include a performance by Colorado Ballet dancers performing sections from the ballet Alice (in Wonderland). In addition, Tom Wopat, who began his career as Luke Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard and went on to become a Tony-nominated Broadway singer, television and movie actor will perform live.
Two of Wopat’s songs will be accompanied by a performance by Colorado Ballet dancers, with new choreography by Sandra Brown, Colorado Ballet’s Ballet Mistress and Choreographer. In addition to the live entertainment, the ball will include cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction and a three-course meal by Kevin Taylor in the Chambers Grant Salon. The event will conclude with dancing on the stage of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Colorado Ballet will also pay tribute to Honorary Queen of Hearts Ball Chair and Board Member, Joanne Posner-Mayer during the event.
“I’m thrilled about Tom Wopat as entertainment at the Queen of Hearts Ball,” said Susan Stiff, Colorado Ballet Corporate Development Officer. “He has performed in Denver in Annie, Get Your Gun at the Buell Theatre as well as at a recent performance at Augustana Arts. He is an absolutely terrific entertainer!”
Tickets are $100 for young professionals (does not include dinner), $300 for individuals before January 1, $350 for individuals after January 1, $450 for VIP until January 1, and $500 after January 1. Tables of 10 are $3,500, VIP tables of 10 are $5,000, and a table to sit with Tom Wopat is $10,000. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.coloradoballet.org/gala.
The attire is black-tie or ballet-themed costumes. The entertainment sponsor for the Queen of Hearts Ball is Always Best Care Senior Services.
About Tom Wopat
Thrust into the national consciousness by his role in the iconic TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard, Tom Wopat has enjoyed a long and varied career -he has starred in a dozen Broadway shows, including Tony-nominated roles in Annie, Get Your Gun and Catered Affair, and worked in several different films, most recently Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. He has also recorded and helped produce nine different critically acclaimed albums, including last year’s Christmas collaboration with Dukes co-star, John Schneider, entitled “Home for Christmas.”
Last season, Colorado Ballet sold out 22 of the 24 performances of The Nutcracker and tickets are selling even faster this season, so we encourage our patrons to buy tickets before we run out of inventory.
Also, as the number of sold out Nutcracker performances grows each year, so do the number of ticket resellers, so we want to caution our patrons when they are looking to buy Nutcracker tickets. Many ticket resellers purchase lower priced tickets and sell them at a significantly higher cost. We have seen some tickets going for as much as $700 to $1000 each on some reseller websites. Also, many of these sites charge additional fees. If you purchase a ticket through coloradoballet.org and chose the print-at-home option, you will not be charge any additional taxes or fees.
Here is what Colorado Ballet's tickets should cost, if you see them for sale at much higher prices or using vague language like "seat in the center orchestra," be suspicious!
We encourage our patrons to only purchase tickets directly through Colorado Ballet (coloradoballet.org) or our partners at Altitude Tickets (altitudetickets.com). The only other third-party promotional sites we work with are Goldstar, Travelzoo and LivingSocial. We do not endorse any other third-party or reseller websites.
At Colorado Ballet, we want everyone to have the chance to experience the joy of The Nutcracker and not overpay for tickets.
|Dana Benton and Jesse Marks by Mike Watson
Made possible by presenting sponsor KeyBank
Colorado Ballet will present 26 performances of The Nutcracker, November 28 through December 27, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
“Bring your entire family to the 55th annual production of The Nutcracker with fantastic characters, brilliant dancing, exquisite sets, dazzling costumes, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by our tremendously talented musicians,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director. “This enchanting production brings the classic holiday story to life and will transport audiences to lands of wintertime magic and delicious sweets.”
According to Boggs, it takes a lot of people and moving parts to create The Nutcracker. Colorado Ballet’s production includes 30 Company dancers, 15 Studio Company dancers, more than 80 Academy students, several guest performers, a full orchestra of musicians and more than 300 costumes. During each performance, stagehands drop more than 100 pounds of artificial snow on stage and use more than 50 pounds of dry ice to create fog.
“You will not see another production like this anywhere in Colorado,” said Boggs. “Our dancers rotate the lead roles and divertissements, so every performance is a little unique and magical. Maybe this is why after 55 seasons The Nutcracker continues to be one of Colorado’s most popular holiday traditions.”
Last season, Colorado Ballet sold out 22 of the 24 performances of The Nutcracker.
“Unfortunately, as the number of sold out Nutcracker performances grows each year, so do the number of ticket resellers,” said Taylor Clark, Ticketing and Database Manager. “Many ticket resellers purchase lower priced tickets and sell them at a significantly higher cost. That is why we encourage our patrons to purchase their tickets early and only buy them directly through Colorado Ballet or our partners at Altitude Tickets. We want everyone to have the chance to enjoy the joy of The Nutcracker and not overpay for tickets.”
Ticket prices range from $30 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.
Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information for The Nutcracker:Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 1 p.m.
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