Peter Pan. Photography by Peter Mueller. Courtesy of Cincinnati Ballet.
Kansas City Ballet’s Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley has announced THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, a world premiere ballet initially slated for May 2018, has been moved to October 2018, for an extended run of nine performances. The Kansas City Ballet premiere of PETER PAN, with choreography by Artistic Director Devon Carney, will now debut in the May slot.
“A hallmark of any arts organization is the strength of its commitment to bring to its audience the best possible experience,” comments Bentley. “In order to fulfill that promise to you, we are electing to move the world premiere of THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ to October where it will open our 61st season and enjoy an extended run of nine performances in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. We believe the additional five months will guarantee a once-in-a-lifetime live stage experience for our patrons. Simply put, the project needs more time to realize its full potential.”
Adds Carney: “We are excited Kansas City Ballet will add two of the most iconic and popular tales in all of literature to our historic repertory of family-focused story ballets: PETER PAN and THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ.”
The Kansas City Ballet’s 60th Anniversary season is well underway with THE NUTCRACKER slated to open December 7th, followed by NEW MOVES, THE ANNIVERSARY DANCE FESTIVAL and concluding with PETER PAN. The 61st season has yet to be fully announced.
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