Ballet, Classical Dance
Kentucky Ballet Theatre, Central Kentucky’s premier professional ballet company will close their 20th anniversary season with bright colors and fantastic dancing—under the sea! “The Little Mermaid” will return to Lexington at the Lexington Opera House May 19-20, 2018 with a star-studded cast featuring principal dancers Kelsey Van Tine as the Mermaid & Jorge Barani as the Prince, along with soloist Meisy Laffitte as the Witch.
The production will also include the Artistic Director Norbe Risco as King Triton, Executive Director Brie Lowry as the Queen, and Jerry Stout, owner of Stout Printing, as the King. This year’s production will include 80 students from the Kentucky Ballet Theatre Academy in the Lexington performances and 65 students from the Dance Etc. Studio of Dance in Prestonsburg under the direction and coordination of Jody Shepherd, the longtime studio owner. Student roles include Pearls, Sting Rays, Sea Horses, Crusteacans, Jelly Fish, a School of Fish and Sea Turtles.
In 2016, the show premiered in Lexington to great acclaim, selling out in two days. Limited tickets are available and advanced purchase is recommended. Three dimensional costumes have been created by Troy Meek & Patrick Howell while new costumes have been developed for additional roles by KBT Academy Director Rafaela Risco and Company Dancer Alexander Guzman’s fashion label, Alessandre Lee. New costumes include Star Fish and Sea Urchins.
Educational Outreach program remains a pillar of KBT’s mission through their service to the state of Kentucky. On Friday, May 11th, KBT will partner with the City of Prestonsburg and Floyd County Schools to present two school show programs for 1,000 students each at 10:45 am and 12:45 pm.
From another educational outreach angle, this will be the first time that KBT will work with another dance school in the state of Kentucky for a professionally produced company performance.
The Lexington Opera House performances offer an extra experience for $20 for one child (ages 4-11) and adult following the Saturday, 2 pm matinee. The on-stage “Workshop Under the Sea” will take place immediately following the performance. Those attending will be able to learn some of the choreography, take photos with the dancers, enjoy refreshments and create an age appropriate craft.
Sponsors for Kentucky Ballet Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Season include the Kentucky Arts Council, LexArts, Kentucky Utilities, LM Communications, Creative Lexington, White Greer & Maggard, the Morning Pointe Foundation and the Opera House Fund.