Carolina Ballet Offers Students Free Tickets to Spring Shakespeare Festival

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Carolina Ballet's "Midsummer's Night Dream" features Lilyan Vigo, and Max Baud as the donkey.

Would your high school student like to experience the beauty of ballet and the works of a world renowned playwright for free? Carolina Ballet is offering free tickets to all high school students with a valid ID to its Spring Shakespeare Festival, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death.

The festival features adaptations of four of the Bard's most celebrated works including “Love Speaks,” “Tempest Fantasy” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream” as well as its debut of “Macbeth.” Comedy, tragedy and heart-wrenching twists of fate make Shakespeare’s works poignant and popular with young and old today.

"Shakespeare is one of history’s most revered creative geniuses,” says Carolina Ballet Artistic Director Robert Weiss. “Translating his works of art into a ballet performance is an honor, and we are thrilled to present this work to the public. This festival includes brand new sets, original scores and the unmatched talent of our entire ballet company. Every aspect of the performances is a tribute to Shakespeare’s works."

The centerpiece of the Shakespeare Festival is its production of “Macbeth.” Choreographed by Carolina Ballet Artistic Director Robert Weiss, “Macbeth” features a specially commissioned score by J. Mark Scearce, former head of the music department at North Carolina State University and composer of Carolina Ballet’s “Dracula.” Performances feature live music performed by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

“Love Speaks” will offer the music of Vivaldi, Corelli and Purcell.  “Tempest Fantasy”—a dance meditation of Shakespeare's dramatic play “The Tempest” — will feature Paul Moravec 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning score. Several other shorter ballets are included on “Love Speaks” and “Tempest Fantasy” programs. Shakespeare's well-known comedy, “A Midsummer Night's Dream” is choreographed by George Balanchine to the score of Felix Mendelssohn.

 "Love Speaks" performance courtesy of Carolina Ballet Company

See the performances at the following times and locations:

• “Love Speaks”
Raleigh’s Fletcher Opera Theater, Feb 4-21

• “Tempest Fantasy,”
Raleigh’s Fletcher Opera Theater, March 3-20

• “Macbeth”
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, April 14-17
DPAC, April 30 – May 1

• “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, May 12 – May 15

To purchase tickets, visit or call (919) 719-0900. 

"Tempest Fantasy" features Margaret Severin-Hansen and Pablo Javier Perez. Photo courtesy of Carolina Ballet

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