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Casper College dancers to perform Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’ ballet in April

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The Casper College Theatre and Dance Department announced the dates of their final performance of the 2018-2019 season, according to a Friday, March 29 CC news release.

“The Firebird” ballet, directed by dance instructor Jodi Youmans-Jones will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 4-7 and 11-13 on the McMurry Mainstage in CC’s Gertrude Krampert Center for Theatre and Dance. There will also be 2 p.m. matinee performances on April 7 and 13, the release adds.

“The ballet…will feature the acclaimed music composed by Igor Stravinsky for the original production,” reads the release. “When both the ballet and the score were first performed the work became an instant success and is considered Stravinsky’s breakthrough work.”

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Youmans-Jones said in the release that she has used “The Firebird” to teach students about ballet’s neoclassical period, but only after recently listening to the music and conducting research did she find the ballet’s depth.

“‘[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,’” the release quotes Youmans-Jones.

Tickets for the performance are $12 with a $10 price for students 5-18 years old. The release said the ballet is recommended for people age 5 and up.

Tickets are available online, by phone at 307-268-2500 or at the box office from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. They can also be purchased one hour before each performance, but only for that performance, the release adds.