Behind the Scenes: Peter Pan

Kansas City Ballet Dancers Amanda DeVenuta and Kevin Wilson in Peter Pan rehearsals. Choreography by Devon Carney. Photography by Elizabeth Stehling.
Kansas City Ballet Dancers Amanda DeVenuta and Kevin Wilson in Peter Pan rehearsals. Choreography by Devon Carney. Photography by Elizabeth Stehling.

Kansas City Ballet closes their 60th Anniversary Season with Peter Pan at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts May 11-20, 2018. Artistic Director Devon Carney is putting the finishing touches on his world premiere choreography. Enjoy a few photos from a recent rehearsal.

Tickets are still available here.

More Rehearsal Photos

Kansas City Ballet Dancers Kevin Wilson, and KCB II Dancers Angelin Carrant, and Gavin Abercrombie in Peter Pan rehearsals. Choreography by Devon Carney. Photography by Elizabeth Stehling.
Kansas City Ballet Dancers Kevin Wilson, and KCB II Dancers Angelin Carrant, and Gavin Abercrombie in Peter Pan rehearsals. Choreography by Devon Carney. Photography by Elizabeth Stehling.
Kansas City Ballet Dancers Amanda DeVenuta and Kevin Wilson in Peter Pan rehearsals. Choreography by Devon Carney. Photography by Elizabeth Stehling.
Kansas City Ballet Dancers Amanda DeVenuta and Kevin Wilson in Peter Pan rehearsals. Choreography by Devon Carney. Photography by Elizabeth Stehling.

Event Recap: Celebrate 60

Kansas City Ballet School Academy students
Kansas City Ballet School Academy students

Kansas City Ballet’s Celebrate 60 event was on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and honored the people of Kansas City Ballet’s past and present. Former and current dancers talked about each era of Kansas City Ballet: Michele Hamlet-Weith for founder, Tatiana Dokoudovska; Kimberly Cowen for Todd Bolender; Logan Pachciarz for William Whitener; and Tempe Ostergren for Devon Carney. In addition, Jeffrey J. Bentley thanked Muriel McBrien Kauffman and Julia Irene Kauffman for their steadfast commitment to Kansas City Ballet and the performing arts in our community. The formal presentation ended with a mini-performance by Kansas City Ballet School Academy students. The night continued in Brandmeyer Hall with champagne and desserts to celebrate the dedicated artists, staff, volunteers, patrons, donors, students, parents, and audiences for all that they do to support & create excellent performing arts in Kansas City! Links to videos about the four eras of Kansas City Ballet are at the end of this post.

Photos from the Celebration

Photography: Larry F. Levenson

Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, KCB Board Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, Artistic Director Devon Carney, KCB Board President Kathy Stepp, (front row) Michele Hamlet-Weith, Tempe Ostergren, Kimberly Cowen, Barbara Storm, Logan Pachciarz
Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, KCB Board Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, Artistic Director Devon Carney, KCB Board President Kathy Stepp, (front row) Michele Hamlet-Weith, Tempe Ostergren, Kimberly Cowen, Barbara Storm, Logan Pachciarz
Dave Lady, Julia Irene Kauffman, Sharon Smith, Barnett and Shirley Helzberg
Dave Lady, Julia Irene Kauffman, Sharon Smith, Barnett and Shirley Helzberg
Vicki Baxter, William Whitener, Christopher Barksdale
Vicki Baxter, William Whitener, Christopher Barksdale
Mark Sappington and David McGee, Aisling Hill-Connor and guest, Lisa Choules and John May, Matthew Donnell
Mark Sappington and David McGee, Aisling Hill-Connor and guest, Lisa Choules and John May, Matthew Donnell
Barbara Spilker and Siobhan Lesley
Barbara Spilker and Siobhan Lesley
Christine Colby-Jacques, Melissa Ford
Christine Colby-Jacques, Melissa Ford
Terry and Peggy Dunn, Dick and SueAnn Fagerberg, Jeffrey J. Bentley, Greg and Celebrate 60 Chairman Barbara Storm, Fred and Sandy Jackson, Melinda Petet, Devon Carney
Terry and Peggy Dunn, Dick and SueAnn Fagerberg, Jeffrey J. Bentley, Greg and Celebrate 60 Chairman Barbara Storm, Fred and Sandy Jackson, Melinda Petet, Devon Carney

Videos: The Four Eras

Event Recap: Diamond Ball

2017 Diamond Ball photo by Larry F. Levenson
2017 Diamond Ball photo by Larry F. Levenson

On Saturday, October 7, the much anticipated Diamond Ball, presented by the Kansas City Ballet Guild, kicked off Kansas City Ballet’s 60th anniversary season at the beautiful InterContinental Kansas City At The Plaza. Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail party with delicious cuisine, breathtaking decor by Larry Wheeler Design and Craig Sole Design, crowd-pleasing entertainment by Kokomo, and two Kansas City Ballet mini-performances.

THE CHAIRmen

Honorary Ball Chairmen Tom & Loren Whittaker with Ball Chairmen Michael & Melanie Fenske. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Honorary Ball Chairmen Tom & Loren Whittaker with Ball Chairmen Michael & Melanie Fenske. Photography by Larry F. Levenson

Melanie and Mike Fenske, senior vice president of the Global Facilities Group at Burns & McDonnell, chaired the event, which drew 450 formally-attired guests and grossed more than $476,000 for Kansas City Ballet. Loren Whittaker, a lecturer at The Kansas City Art Institute, and Tom Whittaker, chief legal officer at J.E. Dunn Construction and past president of Kansas City Ballet’s Board, served as the Honorary Chairmen.

2017 PIROUETTE award WINNER

2017 Pirouette Award is Elizabeth Hard Simms with her husband Michael Simms and KCB Dancer Molly Wagner. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
2017 Pirouette Award winner, Elizabeth Hard Simms, with her husband Michael Simms and KCB Dancer Molly Wagner. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

Before guests danced the night away, Guild President Gigi Rose honored Elizabeth Hard Simms (the first Ballet Ball Co-Chairman in 1968) with the 2017 Pirouette Award for her commitment to the performing arts.

PHOTOS OF THE EVENING

KCB Dancers Amanda DeVenuta and James Kirby Rogers performing an excerpt from Devon Carney’s "Romeo & Juliet." Photography by Larry F. Levenson
KCB Dancers Amanda DeVenuta and James Kirby Rogers performing an excerpt from Devon Carney’s “Romeo & Juliet.” Photography by Larry F. Levenson
KCB Guild President Gigi Rose with Bonne Illig. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
KCB Guild President Gigi Rose with Bonne Illig. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Bryan & Jennifer Wampler, James Jordan, Jack & Barbara Spilker, and Bruce & Vicki Baxter. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Bryan & Jennifer Wampler, James Jordan, Jack & Barbara Spilker, and Bruce & Vicki Baxter. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
KC Ballet Board President Kathy Stepp with husband Howard Rothwell. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
KC Ballet Board President Kathy Stepp with husband Howard Rothwell. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Melinda Petet, Susan Sands, Katherine and Jim Schorgl and Greg & Barbara Storm. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Melinda Petet, Susan Sands, Katherine & Jim Schorgl, and Greg & Barbara Storm. Photography by Larry F. Levenson