Costume and Backdrop Drive

Dear New Haven Ballet Families and Friends,

If you’ve been around New Haven Ballet (NHB) recently, you’ll notice that the halls and studios are buzzing with excitement about NHB’s newest production: a full-scale Peter Rabbit, to showcase the school performance on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Shubert Theater.

For this year’s school performance, NHB is inviting all students, from Creative Ballet 1 to advanced level 8, into a gorgeous new production of a real ballet. This year Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn has chosen the beloved adventures of Peter Rabbit, with brand-new choreography, staging, and costumes.

A production that includes parts for squirrels, bunnies, flowers, frogs, clouds, and cats—in addition to New Haven Ballet Company performing the roles of Miss Potter and her friends, and featuring former Miami City Ballet Principal Dancer, Jeremy Cox as Mr. McGregor — needs a lot of costumes, and busy hands at NHB are hard at work creating them. Unlike The Nutcracker, in which costume makers can build on the previous year’s costumes and backdrops are on hand for the annual production, our costume department has little on hand to work with for all the costumes we need—almost 100 animal costumes alone! Our designers have a lot of imagination, though, and NHB families are eagerly helping with the work. But even hard-working volunteer costumers need materials to work with, and NHB will have to purchase cloth, tulle, bodices, masks, headpieces, and other components.

This year we are asking for your help to stock our costume wardrobe and provide backdrops for our spring performance. Once we have built up our costume stock, we’ll have the versatility to re-use costumes in future productions—we won’t have to start all over again for each new production.

Please consider helping to to make Peter Rabbit dazzling. The smiles on our dancers’ faces as they perform in a real ballet with real ballet costumes will light up the theater. And isn’t that what going to ballet school is all about?

To make a gift please contact NHB at tel. 203-782-9038.

Thank you for your consideration and generosity!

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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