MBC premieres The Little Mermaid, a Bozeman original, at Willson
Montana Ballet Company (MBC) is delighted to announce the world premiere of The Little Mermaid on Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th at Bozeman’s Willson Auditorium.
The Little Mermaid is a brand-new, original work inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen tale. Artistic Director Elizabeth DeFanti reinterprets the story, infusing messages of self-acceptance, self-truth, and empowerment. “Our Mermaid Marina initially believes her truth and contentment are found outside of herself. Through an important journey, she realizes everything she needs for fulfillment is already within her.”
DeFanti notes that she is humbled by the exceptional and talented artists who have gathered to create Mermaid. Upon hearing DeFanti’s Mermaid tale, MBC Music Director, Stefan Stern wished to compose an original orchestral score and lead an outstanding group of local musicians and vocalists.
Also joining the team is Michael Hillenius, head of the Willson Auditorium, who is designing and executing new sets and creating lighting to portray magical worlds both under the sea and above. Newly crafted costumes from Master Costume Designer Winthrop Corey, and MBC Costume Mistresses, Melinda Delgado, Annette Piccirillo and Heidi Fry, will beautifully embellish the stage. Artist Saskia Ewen Fox of Whole Art Inc. created Mermaid’s original visual art, while Kristin Wimberg of Wimberg Productions has been filming “The Making of Mermaid” since the summer of 2018.
A superb cast of MBC dancers will bring The Little Mermaid to life, along with special guest artists, Lily Loveland from Ballet Palm Beach and Steven Melendez from New York Theatre Ballet, who will dance the principal roles of Mermaid Marina and Prince.
With a captivating story, original choreography and orchestral score, and exceptional new sets and costumes, The Little Mermaid will enchant all audiences.
For Mermaid tickets, visit www.montanaballet.org or contact the Montana Ballet Company at (406) 582-8702. All seating is reserved. Ticket prices range from $15–$55. There will be a $2 service fee added for “day of show” sales. •