Ballet La Crosse to perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

A season finale performance

Ballet La Crosse will end their season with a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at The Weber Center for the Performing Arts on April 17.

Choreographed by CiCi Houston from the St. Louis Ballet, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a one-act, classical ballet sharing a comedic story of mischief, merriment and mayhem against the backdrop of an enchanted woodland.

The cast of 36 dancers includes some of Ballet La Crosse’s most advanced, preprofessional dancers. Dancing as Titania, Sally Eberlein will lead the cast. Other soloists include Sophie Cowgill as Hermia, Anna Rautiola as Helena, Grace Vannucchi as dragonfly soloist, Claire Borene as Puck and Lyvia Baldner as Hippolyta. Long-time Ballet La Crosse dancers Zach Kratt and Dennis Williams will play Nick Bottom and Oberon, respectively. Guest performers include Kevin Arndt as Lysander, Steve Meyer as Theseus and Mitchell Colburn as Demetrius.

Additional key players include Larissa Oberly, Alexandra Meier, Amanda Schams and Williams as artistic directors for the production and Antoinette Key as costume designer.
Collectively, the cast will portray fairies and mortals, romantic interests and rivals, and lady bugs, butterflies and bumblebees, all set to Felix Mendelssohn’s sensuous work by the same name.

“It’s fairy tale meets Shakespeare,” said Amanda Schams, an artistic director with Ballet La Crosse. “It has humor, it has magic, it has royalty and giant celebration. And in many ways, it’s a love story.”

The choreography remains true to its complex, Shakespearean plot line, one which many may recall from reading or seeing the play or watching it as a movie.

“The Ballet La Crosse performance allows audiences to experience “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a very different but beautiful way. Imagine a wordless Bard!” said Schams.

Created by Misty Lown, owner and director of Misty’s Dance Unlimited, Ballet La Crosse features regional dancers ages eight and up, including adult, student, pre-professional and professional dancers. Ballet La Crosse was designed to fill a void in local arts while increasing exposure to and appreciation for classical performances and providing opportunities for area youth to gain training that mirrors that of the professional world. Each season includes a full, classical ballet in the fall and a more avant-garde performance each spring.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs once only on Wednesday, April 17, with a 7 p.m. performance. Main floor seats are available for $22, balcony seats for $18 and youth tickets for $5. To order tickets, visit balletlacrosse.com/tickets.

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