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Fri, Nov 30, 2012 4:43 PM by Emily Kudrle
Elf the Musical will be here in less than one week! To celebrate Buddy the Elf’s arrival, we are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner to see the show on Wednesday December 5th!
For a chance to win, answer the following question:
Buddy’s favorite holiday meal is spaghetti and syrup; what’s yours?
Please post your answer in the comment box below by Monday December 3rd at 3pm and you will automatically be entered to win a pair of tickets to this jolly, jingly, holiday show, Elf the Musical!
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 11:25 AM by Emily Kudrle
Watch Elf stars Sebastian Arcelus, Amy Spanger, Beth Leavel and Matthew Gumley make the holidays sing at the recording session for the hit Broadway musical ELF!
Wed, Nov 14, 2012 10:54 AM by Emily Kudrle
Every“Buddy” loves Elf the Musical! See what fans have to say about the hilarious tale of an orphan Elf in New York City
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 12:42 PM by Emily Kudrle
We all know that the time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is extraordinarily busy. That’s why this year we’re encouraging you to get your end of year charitable giving done early in a way that could help the Ordway win $12,500!
November 15th is “Give to the Max Day”, an annual event that encourages charitable giving online. $12,500, $5,000, and $2,500 prize grants will be awarded to the top three nonprofit organizations who receive the most dollars in 24 hours during Give to the Max Day.
The Ordway is not just a theater- it’s a space for artists to grow, learn, and share their craft with the Twin Cities. Every dollar we raise on November 15th goes towards broadening Minnesotans’ understanding of the world around them through the performing arts.
Contributing is easy! Just go to the Ordway’s page on givemn.org on November 15th. We hope you will join us to celebrate this day of philanthropy, and support the Ordway’s vision for joy.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 1:48 PM by Emily Kudrle
This past October the Ordway celebrated Mexican arts history with various Máscaras y Milagros events throughout the month. It was a great opportunity to educate children in about Mexican arts here in Minnesota. Below are some photos from the events.
Delfos Danza Contemporánea held a master class with students from the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. The students learned several dance combinations from Delfos’s artistic directors, Victor Manuel Ruiz and Claudia Lavista, and got the chance to work with company members.
(Pictured: Delfos Company Member dancing with SPCPA students)
Delfos Danza Contemporánea took a moment after one of their school performances to speak about their dance piece, Cuando los Disfraces se Cuelgan, with Northfield School of Art & Technology. The students then had the opportunity to examine Mexican artifacts provided by the Multicultural Resource Center that is affiliated with Saint Paul Public Schools.
(Pictured: Delfos Danza Contemporánea speaking to students from Northfield School of Art & Technology)
(Pictured: Sheryl Kempf from the Multicultural Resource Center discussing an artifact with students).
Delfos Danza Contemporánea visited the 6th Grade class at Mississippi Creative Arts Magnet school. They performed pieces of the performance the students would be experiencing the next day, and then worked with the students to help them create their own versions of the pieces they were just shown.
(Pictured: Delfos showing a portion of their dance piece, , Cuando los Disfraces se Cuelgan)
(Pictured: Artistic Director Claudia Lavista working with students at Mississippi Creative Arts Magent)
(Pictured: Artistic Director Victor Manuel Ruiz working with students at Mississippi Creative Arts Magnet)
Photo Credits: Kristie Gaalswyk and Traci Shannon
Posted in Education
Mon, Oct 22, 2012 2:43 PM by Luke Anderson
Below is a guest blog post from Joan Holman, member of the Ordway Circle of Stars Board of Directors
The Ordway Circle of Stars annual gala is coming up fast, and this year there are two ways you can participate.
Puttin’ on the Glitz is the theme for this year’s traditional gala, to be held at the Ordway on Sat., Dec. 1. The event will start at 5 p.m. with a gourmet reception that takes guests back in time to the glamour of the 1920s with Prohibition-themed entertainment, cocktails and cuisine – culminating in dancing on stage at 9 p.m. to The Wolverines Big Band. There will be special guest performances throughout the evening featuring music from a bygone era, as well as a silent auction, live auction and prize drawings. More info at www.ordway.org/gala.
This year, there will be another fun, new option for attending the Gala for people who would like to start their evenings a bit later. For the Black Tie Blitz, guests will dress to the nines and arrive fashionably late for the already in progress Puttin’ on the Glitz gala. This group will join gala guests for the dance on stage with The Wolverines Big Band and other featured performers. Both black tie or 1920’s attire is admired but not required. For more info on this event, visit www.ordway.org/blitz.
Both events benefit the Ordway and its education programs, and will give guests a chance to dance onstage at the Ordway.
And we have some really exciting activities planned for the dance portion of the evening as well: a wine ring toss, dance lessons from Arthur Murray, some instant photo printing sponsored by Comcast and provided by Photo.bo (bring your smart phones!), and complimentary beer, wine and dessert buffet while you dance the night away onstage at the Ordway!
I hope to see you all there!
OCOS Board of Directors
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 11:06 AM by Emily Kudrle
Winner of 10 Tony Awards, Billy Elliot The Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. The show takes on a life of its own and will leave you in awe of the dynamic choreography, the energetic dancing, and the heartfelt story; but, hey, don’t take our word for it!
Check out the reviews from our guest bloggers, who saw Billy Elliot on opening night to find out what they had to say about the show!
"Billy Elliot the Musical - A Show with Heart" by Brenda Anderson
“Chasse, Step, Chasse, and Turn!” by Brett Burger
“Billy Elliot at the Ordway” by Alexandra Haider
“Review: Billy Elliot” by Stephanie Kwong
“Billy Elliot – The Review: Its all about individuality!” by Mark K Thompson
“Billy Elliot and the Struggle Within” by Daniel Undem
“A night at the theatahhhhhh” by Megan Love Warner
“Billy Elliot” by Rachel Welch
Think you’re a great writer? Do you have a blog? Want to be a guest blogger? Send your blog URL to email@example.com! We are always accepting new bloggers so spread the word!
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 2:20 PM by Luke Anderson
Critics are buzzing about Billy Elliot the Musical at the Ordway! Below are several local reviews from Tuesday night’s opening performance.
Star Tribune, “This engaging ‘Billy’ takes gorgeous flight,” By Rohan Preston
Pioneer Press, “Glitz and grit: The musical ‘Billy Elliot’ soars with perfect balance,” By Rob Hubbard
BroadwayWorld.com, “Billy Elliot Pirouettes with Stunning Grace at the Ordway,” By Kristin Frosch
HowWasTheShow.com, “Billy Elliot The Musical at the Ordway,” By John Olive
Lavender Magazine, “Billy Elliot sets the Soul to Dancing,” By Kathleen Watson
Twin Cities Daily Planet, “‘Billy Elliot’ at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts: Entertaining, but challenging,” By Jean Gabler
Billy Elliot the Musical is at the Ordway through this Sunday, October 14 only. For ticket information, click here.
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 1:47 PM by Emily Kudrle
As our Billy Elliot Multi-Media Essay Contest comes to a close, we would like to share some of the entries we recieved from people telling us why dance makes them shine!
First we have a collage from Hannah, age 10
Next is an essay from Elise, age 14
Why Dance Makes me Shine!
Billy Elliot Essay Contest
Dancing makes me feel alive. When I dance I feel like a whole person. Dancing is my safe home where I always feel comfortable and welcome. Dance is not just an after-school activity for me. It is a passion.
Although I love dance now I did not always think of dance as something to do forever. I started at age three. I loved the bright lights and costumes, the excitement and the nervousness. When I performed I loved telling the audience a story. It was not until I was about ten that I realized how much I appreciated dancing. Suddenly dance was no longer just a set of fun steps to a beat. It became a way to release emotions I could not put into words. Even though I often struggled to learn new steps and was not the best dancer in my class, dancing made me feel physically challenged and exhilarated.
Today I look at dance as a way of life. I want to be that sugar plum fairy that I was inspired by when I saw my first ballet. Dancing makes me shine as I forget my prejudices, concerns, and worries. When I dance I do something that totally envelopes me. The stage is my second home. The dance studio is where I live and breathe. No matter how I’m feeling on the inside, I can let those thoughts go and feel nothing.
Dancing brings me to a place like no other. I especially relate to the song from Billy Elliot called “Grandma’s Song” in which Billy’s grandmother speaks of the magic of dancing.
We’d go dancing…. From a moment my heart was aglow...
We were free from an hour or three from the people we had to be.
That’s how I feel about dancing. I can’t imagine ever giving up dance. It’s something that I go to during rough times. Dance is my passion and it makes me shine.
Finally, here is a picture/story from Stella, age 9
Stay tuned for more contest entries and remember to keep shining!
Wed, Oct 3, 2012 12:20 PM by Emily Kudrle
Ever wonder what it takes to bring a broadway show like Billy Elliot to Minnesota? Hear from Production Manager Kimberly Fisk about all the ins and outs of bringing this show to life city to city!
This blog is a group effort by Ordway staff, actors, artists, musicians, dancers and all those involved in the creative process of performances, programs and events at the Ordway to provide a behind the scenes look at what happens onstage, backstage and in support of the work presented at the Ordway. We also hope to discuss pertinent topics in our industry.
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