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.
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.
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