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Montgomery Ballet presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
November 4, 2010 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Montgomery Ballet is returning to Selma in November and will present the classic ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Based on one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, the public performance will be Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Pickard Auditorium.
Two other performances will be held for Selma and Dallas County school children in connection with the Ballet’s School Fest program, said Molly Gamble, chairman of the event for ArtsRevive.
Primarily set in an enchanted fairyland forest, the story of fantasy and romance is suitable for the entire family. One of three performances in the current Ballet for Young Audiences series, A Midsummer Night’s Dream features 41 Selma dance students who will participate in at least three numbers with the professional dancers.
“This opportunity gives our local dance students a way to take their dance interest and skills to another level. They are challenging themselves by participating, and they learn what a quality, professional performance is like,” Gamble said. Local dance students also participated in the company’s productions of Sleeping Beauty last year and The Nutcracker in 2008.
“Past attendance for both the evening performance and School Fests has been tremendous, and many people have asked if the ballet was returning this year,” Gamble said. “We are thrilled to be able to again sponsor a high-quality, professional performance for the people of Selma.”
The Montgomery Ballet was founded in 1958 and is led by highly acclaimed Artistic Director Elie Lazar. Lazar founded and directed the Joffrey Ensemble Dancers of the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. He has danced with the New Jersey Ballet, Haifa Ballet and Israel National Ballet and is a versatile and inventive choreographer. Lazar also began a dance program for at-risk and inner-city youth in New York and New Jersey.
Tickets can be purchased at Truax & Company on Broad Street and the Satterfield Plaza branch of BankTrust. Prices are $10, $15 and $20. Student discounts are available with ID. Reservations are required for school performances. Teachers may contact Gale Bedgood at 875-1810.
The program is made possible by grants from The Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Alabama-Tombigbee Resource, Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council and local partners of ArtsRevive.
ArtsRevive was founded in 2003 to enhance community development in the historic Selma region through the arts, urban design and tourism while preserving its diverse cultural heritage. The non-profit organization also sponsors art workshops, juried art shows and local theatre productions. The group is currently renovating a former downtown car-repair shop into an art gallery, workshop and office space.