The Studio offers 2 performances annually for its students, “The Story of the Nutcracker” in December and our “Spring Showcase” at the end of May. Both performances are presented on the Main Stage at "The Rita" on the UW Parkside campus. Tickets go on sale 5-6 weeks before each production and all seating is reserved.
Students from The Studio also have the wonderful opportunity to perform with arts organizations throughout southeastern Wisconsin including the Choral Arts Society, Racine Theater Guild, Southeast Wisconsin Performing Arts and the Southwestern Suburban Symphony.
The Story of the Nutcracker
December 17 & 18, 2022 at "The Rita" on the UW Parkside campus
A wonderful way to start the holiday season, this classic ballet is filled with beautiful sets and costumes, striking backdrops and a cast of charming, magical characters that children and adults of all ages fall in love with year after year. Performed on UW Parkside's beautiful Main Stage theater at "The Rita" this family-friendly ballet set to Tchaikovsky's brilliant score features waltzing flowers, snowflakes dancing in falling snow, the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy and a cannon that fires cheese!
Participation in The Story of the Nutcracker is open to currently enrolled students ages 6 and above. Rehearsals take place outside of class on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at the end of September.
Our annual Spring Showcase is an opportunity for all students in the Children’s and Student Division to experience the excitement of performing on stage in front of a live audience. Always fun and entertaining The Studio’s Showcases are much different than a typical dance “recital”. The first half of the performance presents the Children’s Division, ages 4-6, in a series of short dances followed by the Student Division in a Class Demonstration (a brief selection from each class showing the highlights and accomplishments of the past year). The second act is an original, light hearted story ballet created by The Studio directors especially for the students.
The performance runs approximately one and a half hours long with 1 intermission, all seating is reserved and tickets go on sale 5-6 weeks before the show.
Participation in the Spring Showcase is optional, but encouraged. Choreography is learned during the last 10-15 minutes of each class beginning mid spring (Ballet 3 and above students may have some additional Saturday rehearsals). Costume fees include items students can wear for class and do not exceed $40 per student. There are no additional fees to participate.
Originally scheduled for Spring 2020, new performance dates TBD
We are thrilled to once again collaborate with The Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin to bring this exciting performance to the stage!
This spectacular work by composer Carl Orff with his masterful setting of medieval poetry to powerful music is meant to be a feast for both the ears and the eyes. The joys and sorrows of youth, love, and fortune are sumptuously displayed with dance and visual design, wrapped up in some of the most impressive and iconic music ever written. Adding to this sonic and visual tour de force will be the dancers from The Studio, singers from Our Musical Life and the CAS. Two pianos and a profusion of percussion will crown this boisterous feast for the senses.