The "Firebird" company includes Richard Krusch and Elice McKinley (photo by Chris Walt Photography)

RALEIGH, NC – Carolina Ballet is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot program offering free tickets to all high school students, with student ID, to the professional ballet company’s performances of Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in November, followed by the Shakespeare series later this coming Winter and Spring.  “I hope by making this offer that we will get more young people to attend the ballet,” says artistic director Robert Weiss. “This seemed like a good time to try a program such as this with so many ballets being offered in the spring based on the plays of William Shakespeare.”  Carolina Ballet joins the world wide celebration commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death during its Spring Season with four productions based on his plays and sonnets.

The performances are presented in downtown Raleigh at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in either Raleigh Memorial Auditorium (RMA) or the A.J. Fletcher Theater (AJF).  The dates and productions that this special offer includes are as follows:

•        Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Petruschka – November 19-22, 2015, RMA

•        Loves Speaks – February 4-21, 2016, AJF

•        Tempest Fantasy – March 3-20, 2016, AJF

•        Macbeth (world premiere) – April 14-17, 2016, RMA

•        George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – May 12-15, 2015, RMA

All tickets are based on availability for select performances at the discretion of Carolina Ballet. Students may call the Carolina Ballet Box Office at 919-719-0900 to reserve a seat.  The tickets will be held at the Will Call window at the theater and the student must present his / her student ID to pick it up.  Students may also get their tickets at the theater on the day of the show one hour before curtain.

Carolina Ballet, Inc. has taken its place among America’s premier arts organizations.  Under the innovative direction of artistic director Robert Weiss, a talented company, fiscally responsible management and community support, Carolina Ballet exposes audiences to traditional ballet by legendary masters and new works of contemporary choreographers.  This eighteenth season represents the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and ever-increasing quality of life experienced here in North Carolina.

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