Local students perform in Beaumont Civic Ballet
Beaumont Civic Ballet (BCB) ends its 2007-2008 season on a high note with excerpts from the great comedy of classical ballets, full-length performances of Peter and the Wolf for more than 3,000 area school children, and a 36th season that Founder Marsha Woody calls memorable and exciting: “Hurricane Rita took its toll on the arts in southeast Texas, but last year’s return to a newly-renovated Julie Rogers Theatre with full-length performances of The Nutcracker brought out record crowds.”
BCB is counting on a repeat performance – Saturday, March 15 beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Julie Rogers Theatre–with Coppélia Excerpts.
Coppélia tells the story of an enchantingly life-like doll that captures the heart of a young man and inspires a toymaker to transform her into a living human being. Coppélia met with immediate success at its Paris debut in 1870 and has been charming ballet-lovers, young and old, ever since. The music is by Leo Delibes with the choreography after Arthur Saint-Leon by Monique Zummo Steinhagen. Woody said Beaumont Civic Ballet’s “shorter” version of the classic is perfect for her company’s young dancers.
Coppélia Excerpts stars Bryan Brassard as the toymaker Dr. Coppelius, Matt Forgas portrays the red-blooded young-lover Franz, Megan Anderson and Philip Skinner are featured Mazurka dancers. Torrance Cobb, Caitlin Zuber and guest dancer Ginny Urban share the role of Franz’s fiancée, Swanilda. Urban, who starred as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the company’s 2007 Nutcracker, appears courtesy of the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet.
Other principals include Catherine Sattler, Kimberly Still, Kara Harrington, Catherine Holtmyer, Hailey Perricone, Sarah Holtmyer and Megan Fournerat.
BCB will open its season finale with a performance by the Junior Company dancers in My Favorite Thing, choreographed by Associate Director Monique Zummo Steinhagen. “Dancing on stage,” said Woody, “gives our 10 to 12-year-olds theatre experience and gives them a goal to reach for, like becoming senior apprentices next year.”
Ticket prices for reserved seats to Coppélia Excerpts – Saturday, March 15 – are $10 and $15. Children, students and senior citizens pay half-price. Tickets can be purchased now at the Beaumont Civic Center Box Office, (409) 838-3435, extension one.
Beaumont Civic Ballet is under the artistic direction of BCB founder Marsha Woody Zummo. Monique Zummo Steinhagen is Associate Director; Kim Shwarzlose, Ballet Mistress; Megan Anderson, Director’s Assistant; and Ouida Broussard, Administrative Assistant.
BCB performances are partially funded by the City of Beaumont, the Texas Commission on the Arts through the Southeast Texas Arts Council, ExxonMobil, and from a donation in memory of Ben and Julie Rogers.