Birth of a Christmas Ballet…

December 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm (40th Anniversary, General Information) (, , , , , , )

A fantastic article about Northern Ballet Theatre and putting on a large-scale ballet in The Independent this week…

What does it take to put on a Christmas dance spectacular? Jonathan Brown goes behind the scenes at Leeds Grand Theatre to witness the organised chaos…

Read full Independent article…

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Children’s thoughts on their first ballet

December 17, 2009 at 2:46 pm (Events, General Information, Learning & Access) (, , , , , , )

As it draws near to Christmas you might think that things are quieting down here at Northern Ballet Theatre but it’s as busy as ever for the Learning and Access team as our START project gets into full swing.

Last Thursday we had 400 school children come to Leeds Grand Theatre to watch a performance of A Christmas Carol and I have to say, it took a lot of organizing but it was an amazing day and well worth all the effort! From the moment they arrived in the foyer, the children started getting excited as they recognized Caroline and Sophie who had already been into their schools to teach a workshop, and there was an excited buzz around the theatre as children bought sweets and drinks for the show.

As they settled into their seats for the performance, which for some was their first time to a theatre, there were many wide eyes as they admired the ornate Victorian auditorium. David Nixon welcomed them and then the children were engrossed throughout the performance. The cheering and clapping at the end was incredible – I could hear it from out in the foyer! It wasn’t only the children who enjoyed the show, the teachers I spoke to afterwards were in raptures about the performance and one even said it was better than Disney’s new blockbuster film!!

After we had got some of the pupils on to their buses and on their way home, some of the schools stayed behind to see a half hour demonstration by NBT’s technical team about how the production is put together. The stage manager described how she runs the show to make sure all the scenery comes in at the right point and the lights change on time, and the technicians gave away the secret of how the snow is made. The pupils came up with some great questions about how the trap door works, how long it takes to put the show together, and how they made the set, which gave them a new understanding of the creation of the magical show.

The will all be back in the theatre in February to see As Time Goes By and I hope they are as excited second time round because when the auditorium was full of eager children, the atmosphere was electric and the theatre really came to life.

START is supported by The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts and is in partnership with Leeds Grand Theatre.

Video photos by Brian Slater

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Scrooge brings festive cheer to young patients in Leeds

December 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm (Company News, Fundraising, General Information) (, , , , , , )

Some very special guests attended Leeds Grand Theatre on Sunday. Young patients from Leeds Teaching Hospitals came to see Northern Ballet Theatre’s A Christmas Carol at which tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from mealy-mouthed skin-flint to the most famous champion of Christmas spirit.

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

After the show the young patients were joined by Scrooge and other characters from the production for a VIP tea party and games. The patients, their families and staff were treated to tickets to the performance and the tea party courtesy of NBT sponsor, Accenture.

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

Sharon Edwards from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals says: “We cannot thank NBT and Accenture enough for giving some of our younger patients the opportunity to go along and see a performance of A Christmas Carol. What a magical experience it was, especially as they got to meet some of the cast, their little faces were such a picture! The patients who came along all have long-term illnesses and conditions and are regularly receive treatment here. On behalf of all the children and their families, a very big thank you.”

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

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Family Fun Days

December 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm (Events, Learning & Access) (, , , , , )

Saturday morning truly marked the beginning of the festive season for me as we had the first of our Family Fun days, this one based on A Christmas Carol. We played games, re-created our own version of the phantoms ghostly dance, sang carols and Christmas songs from the show and even got dressed as if Scrooge on Christmas morning… Parents and kids alike had a great time (even the dad who had been sent by his wife without a clue of what he’d be doing) and I’m looking forward to the next on Peter Pan.

We’ll become Pirates and Lost Boys as we create our own version of Neverland, learning steps from the show, making up dances and crafts with Caroline (who is known for her love of glitter, paints, glue and anything messy).

Perfect for getting in the festive mood and a break from the shopping… or from the family if you send the kids along with dad!

Sophie
Dance Education Officer

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Alumni Warming Up…

December 4, 2009 at 11:37 am (Artist's News) (, , , , )

There’s an excited buzz in the air at West Park this morning. Alumni from the last 20 years have arrived to take class and then rehearse for tomorrow evening’s performance of A Christmas Carol at Leeds Grand Theatre.

It’s amazing to see so many faces from the years in what is a packed studio for class this morning and there’s a great atmosphere as old friends are reunited and old movements remembered!

Here are some photos to give you an idea! We’ll pop back later when rehearsals start and bring you some more photos.

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  • Alumni rehearsal photos #1
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    Nottingham’s Favourite Ballet Company Delighted With Donations

    November 25, 2009 at 11:21 am (Fundraising, General Information) (, , , , , , , )

    Nottingham audiences at performances of Northern Ballet Theatre’s (NBT) A Christmas Carol proved that there were no Scrooges among them with their generous donations to momentum, NBT’s fundraising campaign for a purpose built home on Quarry Hill in central Leeds.

    Dancers in costume held collection buckets at the exit doors after performances throughout the week and a staggering £3,936.00 was donated. NBT is truly grateful for this support from its Nottingham audiences. The Company has been touring to Nottingham for the past 20 years and always receives a warm welcome at the Theatre Royal.

    The Company’s new building in Leeds will be a powerhouse for dance – the largest space for dance outside of London. Bringing together two of the UK’s leading dance companies, NBT and Phoenix Dance Theatre, it will be the only dance centre to house a national classical and a national contemporary dance company alongside each another. It will also be home to the NBT Academy and to Leeds Metropolitan’s new Dance Degree classes.

    Everyone at NBT would like to say thank you to everyone who gave so generously. The total amount received or pledged towards momentum now stands at £1,462,441.72 of our £1.5million target.

    NBT returns to the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 13 to 17 May with its stunning production of Peter Pan a production that fascinates children and adults alike with its tale of Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, pirates, fairy dust, crocodiles and of course Captain Hook.

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    A Christmas Carol – Nottingham Cast

    November 18, 2009 at 9:52 am (Casts) (, , , , , )

    Buy tickets for A Christmas Carol from Nottingham Theatre Royal.

    Nottingham Theatre Royal Box Office: 0115 9895555

    Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.

    Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

    A Christmas Carol (Photo: Bill Cooper)

    A Christmas Carol (Photo: Bill Cooper)

    Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

    Tuesday, 17 November

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Wednesday, 18 November

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Thursday, 19 November

    Matinée, 2.30pm

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Friday, 20 November

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Saturday, 21 November

    Matinée, 2.30pm

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Julie Christmas as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Darren Goldsmith as Scrooge in Northern Ballet Theatre's A Christmas Carol (Photo: Bill Cooper)

    Julie Charlet as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Darren Goldsmith as Scrooge in Northern Ballet Theatre's A Christmas Carol (Photo: Bill Cooper)

    Buy tickets for A Christmas Carol from Nottingham Theatre Royal.

    Nottingham Theatre Royal Box Office: 0115 9895555

    Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.

    Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

    Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

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    Oh Come All Ye Choristers

    October 1, 2009 at 9:59 am (Events) (, , , , )

    Northern Ballet Theatre's A Christmas Carol - Photo: Brian Slater

    Northern Ballet Theatre's A Christmas Carol - Photo: Brian Slater

    Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) is on the look out for a special primary school choir to launch their Christmas season. The chosen choir will sing live on stage at the Grand Theatre in Leeds before NBT’s opening performance of A Christmas Carol.

    Primary schools choirs across Leeds were invited to take part in the competition and to-date 17 schools have entered. All choirs will prepare two carols: How Far is it to Bethlehem and one other of their choice. Five choirs will be chosen for the final heat, to perform in front of judges at NBT’s studios in West Park.

    Judges will include NBT Musical Director John Pryce Jones, who will visit the 5 finalist schools and work with them on their entries, and Simon Lindley, Organist of Leeds Parish Church and of Leeds Town Hall. They will be joined in the judging by an NBT dancer and another special guest, yet to be announced.

    John Pryce-Jones said: “We’re not necessarily looking for the biggest and loudest choir, but we do want a choir with stage presence. Choirs will be judged on their vocal and musical quality, interpretation of the songs and presentation.”

    For further information contact Stephanie Bell, Northern Ballet Theatre, 0113 274 5355, stephanie.bell@northernballettheatre.co.uk

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    New Season Tickets Now On Sale…

    June 8, 2009 at 9:25 am (40th Anniversary, Fundraising, General Information, Tour News) (, , , , , , , , , )

    Tickets for the Autumn/Winter Season are on sale now.

    Remember to book early to avoid disappointment.

    Click here for full deatils about NBT’s current and forthcoming tour.

    Also on sale are tickets and packages for Northern Ballet Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Gala in aid of the momentum campaign.

    The event takes place at Leeds Grand Theatre on 12 December.

    For full details of packages available for the 40th Anniversary Gala click here.

    To book seats which include a glass of champagne and a Gala programme click here.

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