Have you ever been to the ballet before?
I’m really excited about bringing my boys to see Peter Pan by the Cincinnati Ballet for their first full ballet production. This production will offer something for kids and adults alike.
Audiences have the opportunity to see choreographer Septime Webre’s dazzling take on the classic story set to an original score by Cincinnati Ballet’s own Music Director Maestro Carmon DeLeone, performed live by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
DeLeone, who recently celebrated 45 years with Cincinnati Ballet, has garnered much praise for his original score for Peter Pan both nationally and internationally. First debuting with Cincinnati Ballet in 1994, it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and today is performed worldwide. “I’m so happy that Peter Pan is returning to its home,” says DeLeone, “and for the first time with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing my music at each performance.”
DeLeone’s score, paired with the whimsical, high-flying choreography of The Washington Ballet’s Septime Webre, truly brings the classic story to life. The story, based on J. M. Barrie’s beloved tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, will have audiences of all ages believing in magic. Webre’s challenging choreography offers exciting storytelling as well as the opportunity to showcase Cincinnati Ballet dancers’ incredible skill and athleticism. Cincinnati audiences may also be familiar with Webre as the choreographer of Cincinnati Ballet’s wildly popular production of ALICE (in wonderland).
New to the production this season is an expanded and more physically demanding role for Tinkerbell, including a brand new costume and challenging choreography. The production also features new costuming for Peter Pan himself as well as for 34 new children’s roles. These brand new roles include Tinkerbell’s Attendants, Ragamuffins and more and feature students from Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. The Peter Pan production provides the rare opportunity for young dancers to star in a featured role as Michael, the youngest of the Darling family. Along with Cincinnati Ballet Academy student Charlie Klesa, currently learning the role of Michael Darling is Nathan Goodlett, the child of former Cincinnati Ballet dancers, Jenny Leinberger and Jay Goodlett.
Community Dress Rehearsal
In partnership with Most Valuable Kids of Greater Cincinnati (MVK), Cincinnati Ballet opens its doors to children and their families to view a dress rehearsal for Peter Pan the evening of November 6. Sponsored by Western & Southern Financial Group and Airheads Candy, this is the second time Cincinnati Ballet has provided families this fun and interactive introduction to ballet. Last season Cincinnati Ballet hosted more than 1,600 children at Community Dress Rehearsal for Swan Lake. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in pre-show activities such as a dance class in the lobby and a meet and greet with costumed dancers prior to the rehearsal. For more information on how to request tickets visit MostValuableKids.org.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to offer Meet the Artists, a pre-performance discussion series where audiences will have the opportunity to meet choreographers, dancers and members of the creative team. This event is free to anyone with a Peter Pan ticket, and will take place at 7:00 pm, November 7. Attendees must present Peter Pan ticket for admission.
PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION
Friday, November 7 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 8 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 8 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 9 – 2:00 pm
The Aronoff Center for the Arts
Procter & Gamble Hall
650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Call 513.621.5282, visit cballet.org or
visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214
Tickets start at $32
Disclosure: I was given tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.