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Colorado Ballet talks about The Nutcracker on Colorado & Company

Friday, November 20, 2015

Artistic Director Gil Boggs, principal dancer Dana Benton and soloist Francisco Estevez talk about The Nutcracker on 9News' Colorado & Company.

Colorado Avalanche mascot Bernie learns the Snow scene from The Nutcracker

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Colorado Avalanche mascot Bernie learns the Snow scene from The Nutcracker with artists of Colorado Ballet.

KeyBank Presents Colorado Ballet's 55th annual
The Nutcracker

November 28-December 27, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Interview with Sarah Tryon about The Nutcracker

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

This is an interview with Colorado Ballet dancer Sarah Tryon about dancing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker. The video includes rehearsal footage of Sarah Tryon, Luis Valdes and Emily Dixon.

KeyBank Presents Colorado Ballet's 55th annual production of The Nutcracker
November 28-December 27, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Colorado Ballet to host Queen of Hearts Ball

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Colorado Ballet will host the “Queen of Hearts Ball,” an Alice in Wonderland-themed gala at 5:30 p.m. on February 25, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The evening’s entertainment will include a performance by Colorado Ballet dancers performing sections from the ballet Alice (in Wonderland).  In addition, Tom Wopat, who began his career as Luke Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard and went on to become a Tony-nominated Broadway singer, television and movie actor will perform live.

Two of Wopat’s songs will be accompanied by a performance by Colorado Ballet dancers, with new choreography by Sandra Brown, Colorado Ballet’s Ballet Mistress and Choreographer.  In addition to the live entertainment, the ball will include cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction and a three-course meal by Kevin Taylor in the Chambers Grant Salon.  The event will conclude with dancing on the stage of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Colorado Ballet will also pay tribute to Honorary Queen of Hearts Ball Chair and Board Member, Joanne Posner-Mayer during the event.

“I’m thrilled about Tom Wopat as entertainment at the Queen of Hearts Ball,” said Susan Stiff, Colorado Ballet Corporate Development Officer.  “He has performed in Denver in Annie, Get Your Gun at the Buell Theatre as well as at a recent performance at Augustana Arts.  He is an absolutely terrific entertainer!”

Tickets are $100 for young professionals (does not include dinner), $300 for individuals before January 1, $350 for individuals after January 1, $450 for VIP until January 1, and $500 after January 1.  Tables of 10 are $3,500, VIP tables of 10 are $5,000, and a table to sit with Tom Wopat is $10,000.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.coloradoballet.org/gala.

The attire is black-tie or ballet-themed costumes.  The entertainment sponsor for the Queen of Hearts Ball is Always Best Care Senior Services.

About Tom Wopat
Thrust into the national consciousness by his role in the iconic TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard, Tom Wopat has enjoyed a long and varied career -he has starred in a dozen Broadway shows, including Tony-nominated roles in Annie, Get Your Gun and Catered Affair, and worked in several different films, most recently Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. He has also recorded and helped produce nine different critically acclaimed albums, including last year’s Christmas collaboration with Dukes co-star, John Schneider, entitled “Home for Christmas.”

Beware of ticket resellers and buy early

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Last season, Colorado Ballet sold out 22 of the 24 performances of The Nutcracker and tickets are selling even faster this season, so we encourage our patrons to buy tickets before we run out of inventory.

Also, as the number of sold out Nutcracker performances grows each year, so do the number of ticket resellers, so we want to caution our patrons when they are looking to buy Nutcracker tickets.  Many ticket resellers purchase lower priced tickets and sell them at a significantly higher cost.  We have seen some tickets going for as much as $700 to $1000 each on some reseller websites.  Also, many of these sites charge additional fees.  If you purchase a ticket through coloradoballet.org and chose the print-at-home option, you will not be charge any additional taxes or fees.

Here is what Colorado Ballet's tickets should cost, if you see them for sale at much higher prices or using vague language like "seat in the center orchestra," be suspicious!

  • Pointe Circle - $155
  • Spotlight Circle - $120
  • A Seating - $90
  • B Seating - $75
  • C Seating -$50
  • D Seating - $30  

We encourage our patrons to only purchase tickets directly through Colorado Ballet (coloradoballet.org) or our partners at Altitude Tickets (altitudetickets.com).  The only other third-party promotional sites we work with are Goldstar, Travelzoo and LivingSocial.  We do not endorse any other third-party or reseller websites.

At Colorado Ballet, we want everyone to have the chance to experience the joy of The Nutcracker and not overpay for tickets.

Dana Benton and Jesse Marks by Mike Watson

Colorado Ballet presents 55th annual production of The Nutcracker

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Made possible by presenting sponsor KeyBank 

Colorado Ballet will present 26 performances of The Nutcracker, November 28 through December 27, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“Bring your entire family to the 55th annual production of The Nutcracker with fantastic characters, brilliant dancing, exquisite sets, dazzling costumes, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by our tremendously talented musicians,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “This enchanting production brings the classic holiday story to life and will transport audiences to lands of wintertime magic and delicious sweets.”

According to Boggs, it takes a lot of people and moving parts to create The Nutcracker.  Colorado Ballet’s production includes 30 Company dancers, 15 Studio Company dancers, more than 80 Academy students, several guest performers, a full orchestra of musicians and more than 300 costumes.  During each performance, stagehands drop more than 100 pounds of artificial snow on stage and use more than 50 pounds of dry ice to create fog.

“You will not see another production like this anywhere in Colorado,” said Boggs.  “Our dancers rotate the lead roles and divertissements, so every performance is a little unique and magical.  Maybe this is why after 55 seasons The Nutcracker continues to be one of Colorado’s most popular holiday traditions.”

Last season, Colorado Ballet sold out 22 of the 24 performances of The Nutcracker.

“Unfortunately, as the number of sold out Nutcracker performances grows each year, so do the number of ticket resellers,” said Taylor Clark, Ticketing and Database Manager.  “Many ticket resellers purchase lower priced tickets and sell them at a significantly higher cost.  That is why we encourage our patrons to purchase their tickets early and only buy them directly through Colorado Ballet or our partners at Altitude Tickets.  We want everyone to have the chance to enjoy the joy of The Nutcracker and not overpay for tickets.”

Ticket prices range from $30 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information for The Nutcracker:

Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, December 21, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 1 p.m.

Behind the Scenes in Colorado Ballet's Costume Shop

Monday, October 19, 2015

Take a look behind the scenes of Colorado Ballet's Costume Shop.

Colorado Ballet presents The Nutcracker 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Colorado Ballet presents the 55th annual production of The Nutcracker, November 28-December 27, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House featuring fantastic characters, brilliant dancing, exquisite sets, dazzling costumes, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. This enchanting production brings the timeless story to life and transports audiences to lands of wintertime magic and delicious sweets. Visit http://coloradoballet.org for more information.
 
KeyBank presents
The Nutcracker
November 28-December 27, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org
 
This video features artists of Colorado Ballet.

Colorado Ballet to host Nutcracker Market in Skyline Park November 5-8

Monday, October 12, 2015

Colorado Ballet will host the first annual Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market November 5-8, 2015 in a heated tent in Skyline Park in Downtown Denver at 16th and Arapahoe Streets.

The market will consist of an upscale retail market, with additional artisan and high-end craft booths.  In addition to the holiday market, Colorado Ballet will host other events and activities including a private kick-off cocktail party, two Breakfast with Santa events, a food court with a variety of food trucks, and live music by local chorale and music groups.  Colorado Ballet Academy students will also perform on November 8.

“Colorado Ballet takes great pride in hosting our first annual Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, which will kick-off the holiday season in Denver,” said Sarah Treviño-Anderson, Colorado Ballet Special Events and Boutique Manager.  “The Nutcracker Market will showcase the best Denver has to offer for holiday gift ideas with great entertainment and holiday festivities.”

The event will be held annually during the first weekend of November in Downtown Denver and will benefit Colorado Ballet and its affiliate programs.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  Children ages 12 and under are free.  Breakfast with Santa costs $30 and includes breakfast, visit with Santa, cookie and ornament decorating, and admission to the market for one day.  The Kick-off Cocktail Party on November 5 costs $50 for a single ticket or $75 for a couple and both tickets include hors d’oeurves, two drinks and market entry on one of the following days.  For more information on the Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, visit www.coloradoballet.org/nutcrackermarket.

La Sylphide reviews

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Read a few of the outstanding reviews about Colorado Ballet's La Sylphide, October 2-11, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House:

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