American Midwest Ballet Brings ‘Oz’ to the Stage

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May 3rd, 2019

Omaha, NE—American Midwest Ballet’s next production needs no synopsis. The Wizard of Oz premieres this Saturday, one night only at the Orpheum Theatre. It’s the first ballet choreographed by company dancer, Erin Alarcon.

The author F. Scott Fitzgerald said of his first novel, “To write it took three months; to conceive it—three minutes; to collect the data in it—all my life.” Alarcon has multiplied this formula exponentially, luckily receiving the support of Ballet Artistic Director Erika Overturff over five years ago.

To set the story to music, Alarcon began with Johann Strauss the second, who was working on a Cinderella ballet just before his death. She includes other musicians as well, notably, Edvard Grieg.

It may be debut choreography, but Alarcon has been with company for nine years. Aesthetically, stylistically, and technically this performance of The Wizard of Oz pulls no punches when showing the potential of contemporary ballet.

American Midwest Ballet’s production of The Wizard of Oz opens for one night only at the Orpheum Theatre, Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm. For more information or tickets, visit AMBallet.org.

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