‘The Firebird’ Will Dazzle with Beauty on the McMurry Mainstage

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
Image for The Firebird ballet at Casper College.

Casper College image.

The final production for the 2018-2019 season of theatre and dance at Casper College is the beautiful and dazzling “The Firebird” Ballet under the direction of Jodi Youmans-Jones.

The ballet, which will run April 4-7 and 11-13 on the McMurry Mainstage, will feature the acclaimed music composed by Igor Stravinsky for the original production. When both the ballet and the score were first performed the work became an instant success and is considered Stravinsky’s breakthrough work.

“For years I have used ‘The Firebird’ ballet as a teaching moment with sophomore dance majors while they learned about the neoclassical period in ballet. But, it wasn’t until I started really listening to Stravinsky’s incredible score and researching the characters that I realized the depth in which this ballet was originally created,” said Youmans-Jones, dance instructor.

According to Youmans-Jones the audience “… will hear the beautiful composition of Stravinsky, see the original storyline of Michel Fokine, view the splendor of the Russian folklore in set, lights, and costumes, and hopefully be carried into intrigue and beauty by the talented and incredible company of Casper College dancers.”

Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” ballet is recommended for ages 5 and up. The play begins each night at 7:30 p.m. with two matinees on April 7 and 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students 5-18 and are available online at www.caspercollegearts.cc, at the box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone at 307-268-2500, or one hour before each performance, for that performance only.

The McMurry Mainstage is located in the Gertrude Krampert Center for Theatre and Dance on the Casper College campus.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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