Annual Season Overview
Wilmington Ballet Company presents the spectacular classic ballet, Sleeping Beauty, in all of it's traditional glory. Principal roles will showcase magnificent beloved guest artist from The Washington Ballet and Columbia Classical Ballet. Spectacular classically trained local professionals and students will perform the corps de ballet. Renowned for special affects and unique surprises, WBC's Sleeping Beauty will have moments of acrobatics, special affects, and scenic surprises sure to please our loyal fans. Gorgeous sets and amazing custom costumes will mesmerize all who love the majesty of the classics.
PLUS, this show was the kick-off for the first ever International Ballet Festival in Wilmington NC - hosted by TCDA-IBF
The beloved classic takes on new life and adventure in the Great Wilmington Nutcracker. The party scene brings Christmas magic through gorgeous custom costumes, a set wrought with holiday sparkle, and fabulous dancing. A bigger than life contemporary fight scene entertains all ages with an epic battle. An angel piece with an awe-inspiring silk artist will take your breath away. Snow is performed by a classically trained youth/early professional corps alongside stunning world class professional snow king & queen.
The second act opens with a "unique to Wilmington" Ocean scene where Clara travels in her giant boat across the waters. Custom set pieces and special affects bring the ocean to life on stage. An over-sized candy cane scene escorts the cavaleir and Sugar Plum to their candy throne. Each country has a delightful set change that is a visual treat for the audience. A giant Mother Ginger and her children is high energy hand-clappin fun. The ballet's conclusion is a stunning pas de duex performed by world class guest artist, Wilmington Ballet Company professional division, area youth dancers,
professional actors, ballroom dancers, and numerous artist all join forces to create a holiday event not to be missed!
Adventures in Ballet
Our mid-year performance is an innovative mix of film, dance, puppetry, live music, drama, and dance. Always based on a beloved children't literature story, it is also an educational event for all. This production is high energy, fast moving, and full of suprises. A large screen displays custom film throughout the show to accent each part of the performance. The highly visual and variety nature of this show lends itself to a whole family experience. The show itself (not including intermission) is only an hour long which is perfect for the very young. All ages will delight in the creativity and variety of the show itself. Custom larger than life puppetry and professional creative set pieces transport you into another world. Contemporary choreography is at the heart of the performance. Special affects are used heavily throughout the show to add drama and flair to the stage.
Don't miss this spectacular adventure!!!
Celebration of the Classics
Our end of year performance is a classical ballet (with the addition of a light show). Traditional ballets are performed with great care to maintain the beauty and tradition of the classic. Multiple guest artist come from larger companies to accompany a corps of professionals and highly trained youth. Children are carefully worked into the ballet in ways that compliment appropriate scenes. All iconic sections of beloved classics are performed by WBC professionals and corps members accompanying world class professionals. LED lights are artistically worked into the sets and costumes creating a stunning backdrop and visual affect. In Spooky and light hearted scenes of a ballet, LED lights and special affects will be employed to add extreme drama to the show without detracting from the beauty of the classic. Iconic scenes will mesmerize the audience with amazing traditional beauty. As Wilmington's only non-profit professional ballet company, our classic will thrill the ballet aficionado as well as the new comer to the theater!