There are films, plays, musicals, and all methods of performing arts disciplines telling this story of The Wizard of Oz. We are bringing a magical interpretation of L. Frank Baum’s incredible tale to life in dance form.
I’m so glad so many of you will be with us to witness this production on its world premiere run, right here in KC. This project is an elaborate collaboration between three North American ballet companies, Kansas City Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Our combined efforts gave life to this uniquely whimsical experience for audiences and dancers alike.
Kansas City Ballet is honored to first perform the highly anticipated world premiere. It took an amazingly talented team of world class designers to produce this fresh, unique interpretation of a renowned piece of literature. Giving our dancers the chance to perform roles they’ve known since childhood is a remarkable treat.
That said, I’m excited for you to meet Dorothy Gale. The Wizard of Oz is her story. She’s the pivotal character—and what a character she is! A strong young lady full of courage and gumption, she doesn’t let anyone or anything stand in her way.
Courage, compassion, wisdom. Our Dorothy has all three. In short, she’s inspiring.
Dorothy is open to adventure and to making new friends. An adventurous spirit leads one to discover a bigger, broader world. In the end, though, home is where the heart yearns to be.
We hope you enjoy this stellar production and that you feel at home with us.
Meet Kansas City Ballet Company Dancer, Danielle Bausinger. She’s danced with KCB since the 2014-15 season and will soon be dancing the lead role of the Wicked Witch of the West in Septime Webre’s world premiere of The Wizard of Oz at the Kauffman Center Oct. 12-21, 2018.
Q: TELL US WHY YOU BeCAME A DANCEr.
A: My mom loved to dance and worked at a local dance studio in New Jersey. So my sister and brothers all went to dance classes and I joined. We moved to California where I continued ballet, tap and jazz and at age 6 I decided I just wanted to focus on ballet to become a ballerina.
Q: WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT DANCING?
A: I enjoy golfing, going to the movies, and spending time with my husband and dog.
Q: WHAT IS SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
A: I love all things Disney! I have been to every Disney park except Tokoyo. Disney movies always send good messages and life lessons even in their “fantasy” world.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SNACK?
A: I always like to have a cup of tea at lunch. It keeps my body warm and it relaxes my muscles.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE AND WHY?
A: I love Elevé leotards. I can’t go in the store without coming out with a leo or an idea for a new custom one. They make me feel pretty while I’m dancing and they are very comfortable.
In just a few short weeks, Kansas City Ballet will perform the World Premiere of Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz!
We anticipate 10 sold-out performances, so be sure to share that you’re seeing this fantastical new show with your friends.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
The scale of this world premiere is impressive:
The all-new music composed by Matthew Pierce, the same composer for Alice (in wonderland), is 471 pages long and features three percussion players playing 35 different percussion instruments.
This is a unique collaboration with Kansas City Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. We worked with an internationally-recognized creative team to create a major new work of outstanding quality.
A total of 120 stunning costumes and 112 hats, designed by Liz Vandal, in the production and our costume shop will paint 220 shoes. There are at least 60 costume changes throughout the production.
Upwards of 20 puppets, designed by Nicholas Mahon, including a mechanical Toto, are involved in the production. One of Mr. Mahon’s most recent projects was for the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.
A first for Kansas City Ballet, this show will feature incredible projection technology, designed by Aaron Rhyne, using a combination of three state-of-the-art projectors. This will add an integral design element that helps provide atmosphere and dimensionality, and enhance the experience.
More than 300 light cues, designed by Trad A Burns, will take place using over 1000 channels of lights.
There will be eight flying effects executed by multiple characters.
At least 120 people, not including dancers, were part of this collaboration team including designers and makers.
In Kansas City, 30 company dancers and 15 second company dancers will make up the cast, not counting children.
There are 23 children’s roles and two casts for a total of 46 children performing in The Wizard of Oz, providing a huge asset to the development and growth of the Kansas City Ballet School.
ABOUT THE MUSIC
UPCOMING FREE EVENTS
The Wizard of Oz Photography: Story lines and visual elements from the classic motion picture by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. Dancer Amanda DeVenuta. Photographer Kenny Johnson.
Join Kansas City Mayor Sly James as he leads a procession to announce the Kickoff to Oz with an official proclamation about Kansas City Ballet’s World Premiere of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy’s ruby slippers will be put on display and attendees will enjoy a performance by the Second Company, and an educational dance workshop for kids will follow.
Take a selfie with Dorothy’s ruby slipper pointe shoes before they make their world premiere during Kansas City Ballet’s The Wizard of Oz, October 12-21 at the Kauffman Center.
Upload to Kansas City Ballet Social Media Channels and type the hashtag #OZsomeKC. Be sure to like or follow us anytime before September 30. We will announce the winner on October 1.