Oklahoma City Ballet Gears Up For 50th Anniversary Season
After a year of delays, COVID protocols, and partial shows, the Oklahoma City Ballet is celebrating a full lineup of shows for their 50th anniversary.
The season kicks off outdoors at Scissortail Park on September 10 with a free show called Ballet Under The Stars.
Dancers are currently working very hard in off-season training.
Soloist Autumn Klein is preparing for several shows this summer.
“I can’t wait to get back to dancing with my friends. We’ve been split into two parts of the company into pods, so just being able to do a full production remake is when ballet really shines, ”Klein said. “You can tell a whole story, like Alice in Wonderland, which we haven’t been able to do for a year.”
Klein has amassed three million subscribers on TikTok while creating content during COVID-19 downturns.
But, back in the studio preparing for a full season of shows, she works with her company to achieve as close as possible to perfection.
“To just learn all the pieces, perfect them, reduce the timing, the characterization,” she said.
The Oklahoma City Ballet had to make adjustments during the pandemic to continue hosting performances.
“We continued our concerts, it was difficult. It has been a difficult year, ”said Robert Mills, artistic director of the OKCB.
This summer’s shows kick off a celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary. The Ballet Ball in June is the next opportunity for communities to see a performance.
“It will probably start a year of celebrating the 50th anniversary of this company,” he said.
The Civic Center performances begin this fall, with Alice in Wonderland, The Nutcracker Suite in December, a special performance in February and Sleeping Beauty to close the season on the upcoming Mother’s Day.