Ballet Theater's season to offer varied program

July 30, 1998|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A rich and varied selection of classical and contemporary works awaits dance enthusiasts in Ballet Theater of Annapolis' 18th season.

"We're excited," says Janet Morgan, executive director of Maryland's only full-time professional classical ballet company. "We have a lot of new things going on."

Dancers have been added to the roster, a full slate of master classes is scheduled, and the company is planning Halloween weekend performances at Towson University. All this as well as a Maryland Hall season full of BTA favorites.

Brought back by popular demand after its premier last season is "Dracula," which features artistic director Edward Stewart's choreography and enough special effects to make the hTC audience's hair stand collectively on end.

"Dracula" will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The ever-popular "Nutcracker" returns to usher in the Christmas season Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13. Tickets to this perennial favorite sell out quickly, so patrons are advised to book early.

Also for Christmas, the company brings back "Santa's Workshop," a 45-minute, one-act ballet created for children.

This charming piece of dance theater that finds Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves preparing for Christmas to the strains of Rossini and Shostakovich will be performed at 1 p.m. Dec. 5.

Spring blooms at the ballet on March 5 and 6 with an evening of mixed repertoire. The program will include Edward Stewart's take on "Carmen," a striking mixture of classical ballet, Spanish dance and mime, plus a world premiere of a piece choreographed by guest artist Anton Wilson of New York City, formerly of Severna Park.

On April 24 and 25, the company will introduce a family-oriented classical program featuring Act II of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and a "Beauty and the Beast" set to music by Leo Delibes and Leon Minkus.

Ballet Theater of Annapolis offers subscription plans with a discount over single tickets.

For subscriptions or for information about master classes, lecture/demonstrations and regular instructional classes, call 410-263-2909.

Pub Date: 7/30/98

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