Season Preview: A look at Lone Star Ballet's 2016-17 offerings
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Lone Star Ballet will tackle one of the true classics of the dance world during its 2016-17 season.
The company's season will conclude in April with a performance of Swan Lake, adapted from Russian folk tales and featuring music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
"I've waited 10 years to do this," said LSB artistic director Vicki McLean. "I've waited for the dancers to mature — not only as they grow up as young ladies and young gentlemen, but technically as they mature.
"I truly feel the dancers are ready to take on this ballet," she continued. "They very graciously and with great enthusiasm attack everything we do, so they're very excited, too, about Swan Lake."
The season will open Oct. 21 and 22 with a revival of LSB's production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The company first staged the original ballet, based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novella, in 2011.
"We've had a number of requests for it, so I'm excited to do it again," McLean said. "I think it's a fun and a creepy one."
Following that is the traditional staging of The Nutcracker, set for Dec. 9 to 11 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St.
Then, on Feb. 11, LSB will host NobleMotion Dance, a contemporary company from Houston.
"They're really quite fun to watch because they're razor's-edge kind of dance," McLean said. "They take risks in lifts and jumps and all sorts of things, but they also use a lot of technique on stage. I think it's going to be very interesting to watch."
The production of Swan Lake will close out the season on April 21 and 22.
Other than Nutcracker, all LSB season performances will be staged in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.
Season ticket packages, which can include donations to the organization, range from $100 to $1,000. Individual tickets are $14 to $44 in the Globe-News Center and $17 to $52 for Nutcracker.
For information, call 806-372-2463 or visit www.lonestarballet.org.