As a Master’s student in Museum Science and Management with the University of Tulsa, I look for fun networking opportunities. One of the best is the Tulsa Ballet Barre Society, which gives great educational, philanthropic, and social opportunities for young professionals, like myself.
As a Barre Society member, I am invited to many exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences with the Tulsa Ballet. This week I saw the Tulsa Ballet’s practice studio and dress rehearsal for Resident Choreographer Ma Cong’s world premiere of Peter and the Wolf.
This new ballet is targeted to young children and families. The performance follows Peter’s interaction with the Big Bad Wolf, narrated by Peter’s Grandfather. Well known fairy tale characters come to life on stage, such as Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs, all of whom have grappled with the wolf.
The Tulsa Ballet hosts every 5th grader as part of Tulsa’s Any Given Child educational program. This year, Tulsa Public School students will take a field trip to Studio K, the small performance center in Tulsa Ballet’s Dance School, to view Peter and the Wolf. As part of the Tulsa Ballet’s Barre Society, I will have the unique opportunity to volunteer with the Any Given Child Program.
Tulsa students will experience the new costumes, sets, and performers, designed specifically for Peter and the Wolf. The spring dance floor, in such a small room, allows viewers to gain an intimate experience with Peter and his friends as they fly across the room. Students will notice the fine details in the art of dance, such as when the dancers perform on the tips of their toes (pointe). And this year, Peter and the Wolf provides the audience with the means to interact with some of the performers! The students will be transported into the magical world where Peter and his farm friends wrestle with the Big Bad Wolf.
It is not too late to buy your tickets to Ma Cong’s premiere of Peter and the Wolf. Tickets are available by calling (918) 749-6006. Performances start at only $10 and run on the following dates: October 5 and 12, November 16, January 18, and March 9. Also, if you are interested in learning more about the Tulsa Ballet Barre Society for young professionals, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TulsaBallet/. You can also visit the website for more information and pictures from the performance! https://tulsaballet.org/peter-and-the-wolf/.
Museum Science and Management Student Skylar Edwards