Ballet Wichita performing in parks across the region
Ballet Wichita brings back its Ballet in the park series this week, and he’ll be taking his “Carnival of the Animals” to parks across the region starting Wednesday.
The event will feature 25 dancers, ages 14-35, who will wear colorful costumes and play animals like lions, elephants, butterflies and swans in a free 30-minute show.
The first show is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Naftzger Park, 601 E. Douglas in Wichita. The group will perform Thursday at 7 pm at Main Street Park in Mulvane; at 7 p.m. on Friday at Newton’s Athletic Park; at 10 a.m. on Saturdays at the Andover Capitol Federal Amphitheater; at 7 p.m. on Saturdays at El Dorado Forest Park; then at 2 p.m. Sunday at Winfield’s Island Park.
Taylor Cunningham-Osterman, choreographer and guest director of Ballet Wichita, organized the show with COVID-19 safety in mind, using a smaller-than-normal cast performing a shorter-than-normal show.
The performers, who will dance to music by Camille Saint-Saens, will be dressed as animals and mimic their movements during the show, Cunningham-Osterman said. Members of the public are also encouraged to wear their favorite animal costumes.
“I know Wichita can’t wait to have free things to do outside,” he said. “And it will be so nice for us to be on stage again.”
People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on