Wednesday, May 15, 2013

‘Don Quixote’ set to dance

Deluded or devoted, it’s ballet in the name of love

Express Staff Writer

Members of the Advanced Ballet group at Footlight Dance Centre include, from left to right, Alberta Jefferson, Emmie Altermatt, Malila Freeman, Chloe Davis, Emily Seiller, Annie Ashfield, and Liza Buell.
Courtesy photo by Aubrey Stephens and Manon Gaudreau

    Don Quixote was a wannabe good-deed-doer in search of good deeds, and while in many cases as he traipsed the Spanish countryside none of his good deeds went unpunished, he was undeterred and ultimately, with sidekick Sancho Panza, managed to facilitate a love connection and the odd unpunishable act.
    Footlight Dance Centre, under the artistic direction of Hilarie Neely, presents the dance production of “Don Quixote” Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. in the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater at the Community Campus in Hailey.
    The ballet portion of the show is based on the original production that premiered Dec. 14, 1869, at the Bolshoi Theater in Russia. “Don Quixote” was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, and the music was composed by Leon Minkus. This production will feature Alberta Jefferson, graduating senior, and Drake Vernoy as the young lovers Kitri and Baslio, who have been trying in vain to convince her father, Lorenzo, that they should be allowed to marry.
    Don Quixote will be played by Drake Arial, a Wood River High School actor. The Don is in search of knightly deeds in service of the beautiful Dulcinea. The story unfolds when he sees Kitri and, thinking that she is his Dulcinea, comes to her service.
    Other leads include two graduating Footlight seniors, Emmie Altermatt and Emily Seiller, and Wood River High School actor Hayden Mann. They will be joined by other company dancers Annie Ashfield, Liza Buell, Chloe Davis, Malila Freeman, Karina Rangel and Lauren Robideaux. There are 150 talented young dancers who will grace the stage for this production.
    All tickets are $6 and available in advance at Iconoclast Books in Ketchum and The Modern Mercantile in Hailey. For more information, contact Neely at 578-5462.

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