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'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' opens the 54th season for Colorado Ballet in Denver

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Mischief, romance, illusion and comedy are the themes for Colorado Ballet’s first performance of the 2014/15 season, Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It will open September 26 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver.

The fanciful play of The Bard translates well into a two-act ballet, with its two worlds — the land of the fairies and the land of reality, said Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “Between the festive costumes, majestic scenery, meddlesome fairies and the crisscrossed young lovers, this ballet is pure magic,” Boggs said. “Adults and children will love this production.”

The whimsical ballet that takes place in a forest tells the story of Oberon, King of the Fairies, and his impish servant Puck as they take revenge on Oberon’s Queen Titania by making her fall in love with Bottom the Weaver, who has been transformed into a donkey. Puck and Oberon also play love games with mortals Hermia, Demitrius, Helena and Lysander. The ballet ends happily for the crisscrossed young lovers and for Oberon and his queen in a joyous wedding celebration dance.

Christopher Wheeldon will direct the choreography. The score by Felix Mendelssohn will be performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale. The popular ballet was performed last by Colorado Ballet in March of 2010.

Famed choreographer George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream premiered at New York City Ballet in 1962 as his first full-length ballet in America.

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase, call 303-837-8888 ext. 2 or visit www.ColoradoBallet.org.

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