Katrina Tamminga - Feb. 18, 2010
Thanks to a generous contribution from an anonymous donor, Colorado Ballet will offer $100,000 in free tickets to the Company’s production of Beauty and the Beast, opening Feb. 19 and running through Feb. 28, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. The tickets will be given to children and families that could use a distraction from economic hard times.
“This kind of anonymous donation is a great demonstration of the spirit for giving and appreciation for the arts we have in our community,” said Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. “The gift will most certainly help future generations of dancers and audiences discover the beauty and grace of Colorado Ballet.”
While the contributor has chosen to remain anonymous, it was stated that the goal of this generous gift is multifaceted. The tickets will ensure that children and families who would like to see Beauty and the Beast, but because of economic circumstances, choose not to, will now have the opportunity. It will also broaden Colorado Ballet’s audience and allow the organization to share the art of professional ballet with many individuals who otherwise, would not have the opportunity.
“We are truly honored to be the recipients of this creative donation as it will assist Colorado Ballet in fulfilling every aspect of the organization’s mission,” said Colorado Ballet Acting Executive Director Denise Sanderson. “The contribution brings in revenue (in the form of ticket sales) for the organization, and it will also bring new audiences to the theatre.”
According to Sanderson, many of the tickets will be given to organizations currently being served by Colorado Ballet’s Department of Education and Outreach. These groups will include, but are not limited to the Mayor’s Office for Education and Children, the Mile High Parent Campaign, Volunteers of America, Denver Public Schools and the Tennyson House. Tickets are also open to the public and are being distributed through the Colorado Ballet’s Ticketing Office on a first come, first served basis to all families in the Denver community wishing to see this classic fairy tale.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to share Beauty and the Beast with the Denver the community,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “Beauty and the Beast is a fairly tale favorite and I am thrilled that more children and families will have the opportunity to see this magnificent production. This is undoubtedly a ballet that will please all audiences.”
Families interested in redeeming donated tickets are encouraged to visit Colorado Ballet’s Ticketing Office at 1278 Lincoln Street in Denver or call the ticketing office at 303-837-8888 x2. Tickets will also be available to those in need at the Ellie Caulkins Box Office in the Denver Performing Arts Complex prior to each performance. The Ellie Caulkins Box Office opens two hours prior to each performance. Donated tickets are redeemable with the code SUPPORT. Donated tickets cannot be purchased online.