|Students in lobby during intermission
On Thursday, February 13, 2014 a row of school buses pulled up to the front of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for Colorado Ballet’s Student Matinee of the classic Cinderella. This was the one of the final dress rehearsals before the big opening night of the production. For the discounted price of only $7, this matinee served nearly 2,000 children from about 40 different school groups.
Anne O’Connor, Colorado Ballet’s Director of Education and Community Partnerships, says “For many of the students that attended, it was their first time seeing a show. We had kids from Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, etc., attend, and also students from the *Be Beautiful Be Yourself dance program for children with Down Syndrome. Student Matinees were the first education program that Colorado Ballet offered, which was started by Diane Nolen, a trustee who passed away last year.”
|Student dressed up for matinee
Colorado Ballet’s inspiring Education and Outreach Programs offer after-school programs, in-school performances, student and community performances, scholarships, study materials and activity guides, adult education, and educator appreciation and professional development, etc. The programs make more than 60,000 contacts each year, and strive to make dance accessible to everyone!
Between the adorable miniature-sized Cinderella gowns, the ear to ear smiles, innocent giggles, and twirling through the halls during intermission, the fairytale student matinee of Cinderella was full of magic and enchantment. Students, teachers and chaperones all got to experience the beautiful score of Sergei Prokofiev, played by the live Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and the dazzling choreography by world-renowned choreographer Ben Stevenson.
*The BBBY program is supported by the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.