KC Ballet opens season with a lighthearted Shakespearian frolic

King Oberon’s mischievous servant Puck is a major character in the KC Ballet’s ”A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Photo provided.

The Kansas City Ballet opens its 59th season October 7 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the full length, lighthearted Shakespearian frolic. The show features choreography by Bruce Wells, with music by Felix Mendelssohn.

Based on William Shakespeare’s comedy about the romantic misadventures of two mortal couples and the king and queen of the fairies, this light and comical ballet has charmed audiences since its premiere in 1962.

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 weaved 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 six craftsmen who set out to perform a hilarious amateur theatrical production of the love story Pyramus and Thisbe. 

In addition to the full Company, at least 24 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. The Kansas City Symphony performs Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The ballet opens October 7, and continues Fridays and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., through October 16, at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing arts. Tickets are $35.50 to $125, and are on sale now or save 20 percent instantly when you subscribe online; purchase tickets at www.kcballet.org, or call the Kansas City Ballet Box Office at (816) 931-8993.

Theatergoers can learn more about the show when you join KC Ballet an hour before the performance for The Belger Footnotes Series.

Copyright The Gayly – September 28, 2016 @ 1:10 p.m.