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About this project
To Be Presented For The First Time On February 16th, 2013!
Starting a ballet from scratch is both exciting and daunting! Northwest Michigan Ballet Theater artistic director Tom Morrell launches a new project from an inspiration: a story, some music, a vision of what he plans to bring to life on stage. As he sifts through songs and begins sketching out a narrative, he is also shaping choreography to tell the story in dance.
Song of Wyoming stems from Tom’s childhood fascination with Westerns and the Old West era in the United States. He was captivated by numerous classic TV shows and movies he watched as a kid. In fact, some of the iconic musical themes from the 1950s and 1960s shows are woven into this ballet’s score.
As the idea for a Western-themed ballet began to take root over the summer, Tom searched out a storyline that he could adapt: one featuring lots of romance and action, fun and tender moments. When he struck out finding one, Tom decided to write the Song of Wyoming story from scratch.
He developed a cast of characters – a rancher and saloon keeper, a sheriff and cattle baron, Eastern ladies and little girls, gamblers and cowboys – and fit them, their movements and motivations to his dancers.
Hours and hours of creative time go into each dance, costume, set piece and moment on stage. All this effort is invisible to the audience – as it should be. From conception to teaching the dancers to polishing for the final performance on stage, Tom makes each decision and direction based on transporting the audience into the story.
While immersed in this creative zone for months, Tom is also thinking about the bottom line: money to fund his vision and share it with the community. He manages all aspects of the program himself, with help from part-time office help and a dedicated rehearsal assistant. Plus a volunteer board of directors for Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre.
Usually a production of the scope and quality presented by Tom and his dancers means many staff and even more volunteers. However, he makes it all work and this year is asking for additional funding help from the Kickstarter community.
The $5,000 goal of the Song of Wyoming Kickstarter campaign will fund male guest dancers, an amazing professional costumer, a talented set designer and materials for both of those tasks.
Song of Wyoming is his ninth original ballet and is shaping up to be his best offering yet! Please consider helping today with a donation supporting Song of Wyoming.
GENERAL AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Founded in 1997 by artistic director Thomas Morrell, the purpose of the Traverse City-based youth company is to develop technical excellence and provide performance opportunities for dancers while also offering arts education by introducing regional audiences to innovative dance theater.
Mr. Morrell always presents original, full-length ballets to the community. He has also toured his ballets to smaller communities in the region that are under-served by the arts. In addition, for the past four seasons, he has presented excerpts of his annual ballet for free to a packed audience of young people and their parents at the Traverse Area District Library.
The company's full repertoire includes classic faerie tales from many cultures as well as a Biblical story and piece set at the dawn of World War II.
The list below illustrates the scope of the company's breadth and depth – an artistic impact that over 15 seasons has featured more than a hundred youth dancers and enchanted thousands.
“Scenes from A Park” – 2012, 2006 and 2002
“The Legend of Knockgraften” – 2011, 2003 and 1998
“Hansel and Gretel” – 2010, 2008, 2000
“The Princess Peony” – 2010
“A Midsummer Night's Faerie Tale” – 2009 and 2001
“Whither Thou Goest: The Story of Ruth” – 2007
“Diedre of the Sorrows” – 2005 and 1999
“Twelve Dancing Princesses” – 2004
Dancers audition to participate in the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre. Acceptance is based on ability and commitment to performance opportunities. The dancers in the company are truly exceptional, logging hundreds of hours every season rehearsing and perfecting the ballets. The resulting performances bring to life Mr. Morrell’s artistic vision, creative energy and exacting technical standards. The productions are truly on a par with a professional ballet company’s work.
Risks and challenges
We do not anticipate any issues in delivering our gifts to our backers. We will fulfill all gifts at all levels in a timely manner. Those who gift at the ticket levels will be able to pick up their tickets on the day of the premiere, which is Saturday, February 16, 2013.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The premiere performance of Song of Wyoming is Saturday, February 16th, 2013 with performances at 2:00 pm and 7:pm.
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