ISB Performs Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

It has come time for some of the most talented children in Indianapolis to show the Circle City what they’ve got. The action takes place this weekend at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis as the Indianapolis School of Ballet presents a one-act ballet of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. ISB’s students and several guest artists will take to the grand stage inside the Scottish Rite on Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23, both shows are 3 p.m. matinees.

If you have never been to the Masonic Cathedral you’re missing out, for it is truly one of the best Indianapolis performing arts venues the city has to offer. Performing in such a setting is no easy task, but the Indianapolis School of Ballet students are wise beyond their dance years thanks in large part to ISB’s Founding Artistic Director Victoria Lyras.

Lyras danced for years with the Pennsylvania Ballet and was professionally trained in the Balanchine method. While she no longer takes center stage herself, Lyras’ lifelong passion for dance is evident in her student’s performances.

Set to music by Felix Mendelssohn, ISB’s production will be a world premiere with original choreography by Lyras. This production was programmed for the 2009-2010 season in honor of the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth and utilizes his Overture (Op. 21) and Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Op. 61). Ms. Lyras’s artistic inspiration is derived from Mendelssohn’s music, Shakespeare’s play, and her lifelong study and performance of Balanchine’s ballets and works by other internationally renowned choreographers

The one-act ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is based on the story told in Shakespeare’s happiest and most popular comedy and set to music by Mendelssohn.  A famous quote from the work, “The course of true love never did run smooth”, sets the stage for this “dream” of crossed loves, meaningless quarrels, forest chases leading to confusion, fairies, sprites and magic spells woven by the mischievous Puck.

Other works on the program include Capriccio Espagnol with music of the same name by Rimsky-Korsakov, Dvorak Divertissements set to Dvorak’s String Serenade, and George Balanchine’s Tarantella performed by Kristin Young and Chris Lingner.

Performers include Indianapolis School of Ballet students and guest artists. Featured ISB dancers include Michelle Meltzer, Frances Einterz, Kaitlyn Diller, and Lisa Schneider. North Central High School senior Michelle Meltzer will perform the role of Titania, the Fairy Queen. Miss Meltzer has been accepted into Indiana University’s elite ballet program for next fall. Zionsville High School senior Frances Einterz will perform the lead role of Hermia. Miss Einterz will attend Purdue University in the fall to pursue a major in International Agronomy. Martinsville High School senior Kaitlyn Diller will perform as Helena. Miss Diller will continue studies at ISB while attending the University of Indianapolis for the coming academic year. Lisa Schneider, a senior at Noblesville High School, will perform a leading role as the fairy, Moth. As a recipient of the IU Academic Excellence Scholarship, she plans to attend Indiana University next year to pursue a major in biology and a minor in modern dance.

Guest artists include Cory and Christopher Lingner, Vincent Brewer and Jacob Taylor. Cory Lingner will perform as Oberon, the Fairy King. Cory is now studying musical theater and dance at the University of Oklahoma. Christopher Lingner will perform as the mischievous Puck. Chris performed two lead male roles in the Broadway national touring production of “Movin’ Out” in 2008-2009. Vincent Brewer and Jacob Taylor will also join the cast performing lead roles. Brewer and Taylor are students at Indiana University’s ballet program. Brewer, originally from Massachusetts, will perform the role of Demetrius.  Taylor, from Colorado, will perform the role of Lysander.

The Indianapolis School of Ballet is a nonprofit organization that was established in 2006. As an Indianapolis nonprofit, ISB depends on the money raised during their holiday performances to ensure they can continue enriching the lives of their students. ISB dedicates themselves to offering training of the highest artistic standards in classical ballet and other forms of dance to students of any level or age. It is this dedication to excellence that ensures their Nutcracker is of the highest quality.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
May, 2010

Scottish Rite Cathedral
650 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46201