As previously reported, the Oklahoma City Ballet is wrapping up its 2013-14 season this weekend with its beautiful new adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast,” and the company has unveiled the diverse lineup for its 2014-15 season, which ranges from a beloved fairy tale and adored Shakespeare to a new “Nutcracker” and a triple bill with music ranging from Moby to Frank Sinatra to Patsy Cline.
The company now boasts its largest roster of dancers in his history, and the new season will include more performances to choose from, including the addition of Saturday matinees for the October and February productions and an expanded slate for perennial yuletide favorite “The Nutcracker.”
As usual, all four productions – three of which will feature live performances by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic – will be staged at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker:
The season will launch Oct. 17-19 with “Cinderella,” featuring the legendary Sergei Prokofiev score performed live by the OKC Philharmonic. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Perrault fairy tales, the company’s Ballet Master Jacob Sparso will create the magical world premiere production complete with the fairy godmother, awkward stepsisters and a grand ball.
As previously reported, the OKC Ballet will debut in December a new production of “The Nutcracker” funded by a $500,000 gift from Devon Energy. In addition to funding new sets and costumes, the gift will allow OKC Ballet to stage 10 performances instead of eight. OKC Ballet’s Artist Director Robert Mills is collaborating with Emmy-winning scenic designer Gregory Crane and celebrated costume designer Suzanne Hubbs on the transformed production, which will be staged Dec. 13-22. The OKC Philharmonic will perform Tchaikovsky’s legendary score live.
For Valentine’s Day weekend, the OKC Ballet will perform Mills’ world premiere adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet,” not seen in Oklahoma City for nearly a decade. Set in lavish Renaissance Italy, the production will include the OKC Phil’s live performance of Prokofiev’s lush score. Performances are set for Feb. 13-15.
The season will close with “Nine Sinatra Songs: A Triple Bill” from April 17-19. The eclectic mixed bill will include the Oklahoma premiere of “Play,” featuring the techno giant Moby and the choreography of Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch; the state debut of “Dear Miss Cline,” with the music of country superstar Patsy Cline and choreographed by San Francisco’s Amy Seiwert; and “Nine Sinatra Songs,” showcasing the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes and the choreography of iconic choreographer Twyla Tharp (Broadway’s “Movin’ Out”).
For tickets and information, call 848-8637 or go to www.okcballet.com.