Kansas City Ballet 2016-17 Season Kicks Off with A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

The 59th season will open with the full- length, light hearted Shakespearian frolic, A Midsummer Night's Dream, choreographed by Bruce Wells with music by Felix Mendelssohn. The production will be accompanied by Kansas City Symphony conducted by Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau and runs Oct. 7 through 16 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This production also will feature the women of the Kansas City Chorale as well as 35 students from Kansas City Ballet School.

"I'm pleased that we are performing this classically-based ballet that appeals to a wide-range of ages and is going to delight and engage audiences. It tells Shakespeare's popular comical tale of love and magic in a succinct yet entertaining fashion," says Devon Carney, Artistic Director of the Kansas City Ballet.

Visit www.kcballet.org for more information about Kansas City Ballet's 2016-2017 season and www.kauffmancenter.org for a downloadable media kit about the Kauffman Center. High resolution photos of the 2016-2017 season can be found here.

Based on William Shakespeare's comedy about the romantic misadventures of two mortal couples and the king and queen of the fairies, this charming production opens the Ballet's 2016-2017 season. With delightful choreography by Bruce Wells and the captivating musical score of Felix Mendelssohn, this light and amusing ballet has charmed audiences since its premiere in 1986. Lighting designer Trad A Burns will be creating all new lighting which will bring a new visual luster to the production.

Bruce Wells, a former soloist with New York City Ballet, is an internationally known choreographer who has created more than 40 ballets for companies worldwide. Wells has skillfully woven the three narrative strands of this joyous comedy: the four young lovers who flee the court of Athens for the forest; the world of the fairies, presided over by Oberon, king of the fairies, and his queen Titania, and their mischievous servant Puck; and the humorous actors who are on their way to perform a hilarious amateur theatrical production of the love story Pyramus and Thisbe.

In addition to the full Company, no fewer than 35 students from the Kansas City Ballet School will dance in the production. Vocalists from the Kansas City Chorale under the artistic direction of Charles Bruffy will round out this magical production.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

October 7-16, 2016 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Choreography: Bruce Wells Music: Felix Mendelssohn with music performed by Kansas City Symphony

Fri., Oct. 7 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 8 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 9 2 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 14 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 15 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 16 2 p.m.

Ticket Information

Tickets may be purchased by telephone at 816.931.8993, in person at the Kansas City Ballet Box Office located at the Bolender Center at 500 W. Pershing Rd. (west of Union Station) or with "Select Your Own Seat" capability online at kcballet.org. Tickets also may be purchased at the Kauffman Center Box Office and website. Visit the Kansas City Ballet website for more information about performance times, seating options and parking at kcballet.org. Tickets are on sale now.

Parking and Downtown Maps

Information and maps for Kauffman Center parking and construction updates can be found online at http://www.kcballet.org/planyourvisit. The Arts District parking garage, immediately south of and underneath the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is the primary parking garage for Kansas City Ballet patrons. Event parking is $8 per car and may be purchased in advance or upon arrival (cash only at the gate).


Presenting sponsor of A Midsummer Night's Dream is the Kansas City Ballet Guild.

The Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation; the Missouri Arts Council; The Arts Council of Greater Kansas City, the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), Neighborhood Tourist Development Foundation (NTDF) and Hotel Phillips, host hotel of Kansas City Ballet, also are among the many supporters of Kansas City Ballet's 59th season.

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