Traverse City Events: Song of Wyoming stems from a childhood fascination with Westerns and the Old West era in the United States says creator Tom Morrell. He was captivated by numerous classic TV shows and movies he watched as a kid. In fact, some of the iconic musical themes from the 1950s and 1960s shows are woven into this ballet’s score. You can enjoy these themes as performed by the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre on February 16, 2013 at 2pm or 7pm at Traverse City's Milliken Auditorium.
Tom searched everywhere for a Western-themed ballet that featured romance, action, fun and tender moments, but soon discovered that to find what he envisioned, he would have to write his own ballet story, and so, Song of Wyoming was born.
He developed a cast of characters—a rancher and saloon keeper, a sheriff and cattle baron, Eastern ladies and little girls, gamblers and cowboys—and fit them, their movements and motivations to his dancers. Hours of creative time go into each dance, costume, set piece and moment on stage. All this effort is invisible to the audience—as it should be. From conception, to teaching the dancers, to polishing for the final performance on stage, Tom makes each decision and direction based on transporting the audience into the story. Song of Wyoming is Tom's ninth original ballet and is shaping up to be his best yet!
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