Carolina Ballet Offers Family Subscription Package
Carolina Ballet is offering a two-ballet family subscription package for the end of April into May as the conclusion of its 2008-2009 season.
The two ballets being offered are a revival of "Coppelia," April 30-May 3, and a world premiere of artistic director Robert Weiss' "Beauty and the Beast," May 28-31. Both productions will be performed at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
Robert Weiss premiered his choreography for "Coppelia" in October 2000. The critics in the Triangle were unanimous in their praise, with the Durham Herald-Sun saying "this 'Coppelia' is a jewel, set wondrously and flashing brilliantly its multi-hued palette of colors."
The story, to the score by Leos Delibes, is about a young man who falls in love with a doll in the window of a toymaker's shop, and all the humorous complications that take place in the toy shop before he realizes his mistake and marries his true love, Swanhilda. It is a perfect ballet for children and adults alike.
Robert Weiss' new "Beauty and the Beast" is being choreographed to specially commissioned music by Karl Moraski, who composed the score for Carolina Ballet's "Cinderella" in 2006, which The News & Observer, of Raleigh, called "richly romantic and elegant."
The costumes are designed by David Heuvel, costume production director at Ballet West in Salt Lake City. Heuvel, Carolina Ballet's principal guest costume designer, has designed the costumes for many of Carolina Ballet's productions including "Swan Lake," "Cinderella," "The Gardens of Giverny," "Time Gallery" and "Sleeping Beauty." The scenery is designed by Jeff A.R. Jones, who designed the sets for "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," and "Swan Lake."
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Carolina Ballet box office at (919) 719-0900 or through Ticketmaster at 800 982-2787. Single ticket prices range from $15-65 , however there is a 15 percent discount when purchasing the two-ballet package. The shows for both productions are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is an additional show Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m. for "Beauty and the Beast."
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