Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 5, for Ballet Nebraska’s season-opening production of Dracula, making its Omaha premiere in October at the Orpheum Theater’s Slosburg Hall. Choreographed by Winthrop Corey and closely inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel, Dracula is at once haunting, action-packed, beautiful, and romantic, artistic director Erika Overturff said.
“I chose this ballet to open our second season because it’s a total theatrical experience,” she said. “It’s a suspenseful, fast-paced story, told through brilliant dancing, and set in visually rich environments: a Venetian ballroom, an eerie crypt, and a frightening Transylvanian castle.
“I’m especially fascinated by the the way it portrays Count Dracula himself. He’s not just a one- dimensional monster. He’s a complex character with power, depth, and poignancy. He’s terrifying, but he’s capable of love. You’ll never think of him the same way again once you’ve seen this ballet.”
Ballet Nebraska will perform Dracula at the Orpheum at 8 pm on Friday, October 28. The company will also present two special youth matinée performances for school groups at the IWCC Arts Center in Council Bluffs on October 6 and 7. The performances are presented with the support of the Iowa West Foundation, the Nebraska Arts Council, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
Tickets for the Orpheum performance, priced at $45, $30 and $19, will be available at the Ticket Omaha box office, 13th & Douglas streets; by phone at 402-345-0606; or online at TicketOmaha.com. Ticket buyers also will have the option to attend a dessert reception with the company immediately following the performance for an additional $25.
Information about Ballet Nebraska, the region’s only professional dance company, is available from balletnebraska.org.