Colorado Ballet Presents Septime Webre's The Wizard of Oz March 11-20, 2022 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Denver, CO (February 23, 2022) – Colorado Ballet will present fan-favorite The Wizard of Oz with nine performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, March 11–20.
A whirlwind of adventure lands in Denver with the return of Septime Webre’s whimsical ballet. The Wizard of Oz will be performed for the first time at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House since its world premiere to sold out audiences in 2019. Commissioned by Colorado Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Wizard of Oz is a magical testament to innovation and collaboration in 21st century dance, complete with flying monkeys, swirling tornados, and all of L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters.
“Colorado Ballet is thrilled to bring The Wizard of Oz back to Denver this season,” stated Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “It took two years of dedication, creativity, and hard work—as well as a lot of brains, heart, and courage—to bring The Wizard of Oz to the stage in 2019 and, I must say, it was worth it. After all, where else can you see the Yellow Brick Road spring into dance, witches soar across the stage on bubbles and bicycles, and Colorado Ballet’s talented artists pirouette, jeté, and “floss” their way to the Emerald City? We are delighted to share the homecoming performances of this wonderful ballet with our Colorado community in March.”
Athletic choreography and live music merge with immersive special effects, puppetry, and a gravity-defying fly system to bring this unique twist on this cherished story to life. Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz is based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book by L. Frank Baum, and includes some iconic elements from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, such as Dorothy’s ruby slippers and the field of poppies. Story lines and visual elements from the classic motion picture are provided by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.
The Wizard of Oz is presented by MidFirst Bank and supported by Genesee Mountain Foundation and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES
Friday, March 11, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Friday, March 18, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 2 p.m.*
Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
*Audio described performance
Tickets range from $40 to $160. Visit COLORADOBALLET.ORG or call Patron Services at 303-837-8888 ext. 2 to purchase tickets.
To continue to reduce the number of ticket resellers, please purchase directly through Colorado Ballet via the website or phone number listed above. Tickets purchased through resellers may not be valid.
Performance Attendance Policy
To protect audiences and the community from illness and to slow transmission of COVID-19, Colorado Ballet has joined the resident companies of the Denver Performing Arts Complex in implementing a COVID-19 performance attendance policy that went into effect on October 1, 2021 for all performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. For more information and to read the full details of the policy, please visit our website.
EVENT LISTING FOR The Wizard of Oz
Colorado Ballet presents The Wizard of Oz
March 11–20, 2022 | Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Tickets start at $40 at COLORADOBALLET.ORG
Septime Webre’s dazzling production returns, bringing Dorothy and a whirlwind of your favorite characters back down the Yellow Brick Road. Webre's whimsical and timeless choreography showcases the athleticism of each dancer on their journey to Emerald City.
MORE UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS
Ballet MasterWorks | April 15–24, 2022
Featuring George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Jirí Kylián’s Petite Mort,
and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
ABOUT COLORADO BALLET
Presenting exceptional classical ballet and innovative contemporary dance through performances, training, education and community engagement, Colorado Ballet continues to inspire and grow an increasingly diverse audience base in Denver, Colorado. Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 61 years of excellence. As a world-class professional company serving over 100,000 national and international patrons, Colorado Ballet presents 55 performances annually to sold-out audiences in the 2,000 seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company’s 32 professional dancers and 20 studio company dancers come from all over the world. Colorado Ballet’s The Armstrong Center for Dance, a 35,000 square foot building, boasts eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios and amenities for the professional Company. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet performs classical ballet masterpieces, full-length story ballets and its critically acclaimed repertory production Ballet MasterWorks, featuring varied works from neoclassical ballets to world premieres. The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy serves over 1,200 students from toddlers to seniors each year. Colorado Ballet’s Education & Community Engagement offers programs to students and community members, making over 25,000 contacts and reaching over 200 schools and organizations annually. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses including youth, families, teachers, and people with and without disabilities. For more information, please visit coloradoballet.org.