Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Wizard of Oz ballet a collaboration between Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet & Shreveport Symphony Orchestra; Fr, Mar 10, Sat, Mar 11, Civic Theater

The Wizard of Oz, a new ballet in the classical tradition, will be presented by the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet on Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m., at Shreveport’s Civic Theater.

There will be an original symphonic score composed by the Shreveport Symphony’s concertmaster Kermit Poling. The Symphony will accompany both performances of the ballet, says SMB's Susan Gross.

Guesting in the role of the Wicked Witch will be Jacob Sparso of Ballet Oklahoma. Original sets have been created by David Steen and Don Hooper. Principal costumes are by Michael Jones, also of Ballet Oklahoma.

Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet Junior and Senior Company dancers will be supplemented by a cast of local children, bringing the total cast to almost 100. Emily Camden and Brittanye Dutton will alternate in the role of Dorothy.

Tickets range from $10 to $30. For further information, call the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays: 459-1457. For tickets the week of the show, call the Civic Theater box office, 673-5108, or visit the box office in person 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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