By Janet Cruz
Princesses, dancing swans and an evil sorcerer is what show goers will find at the Lake Havasu Ballet’s latest production “Swan Lake,” taking place at the Lake Havasu High School Performing Arts Center May 6 and 7.
More than 60 dancers from the Lake Havasu Ballet will take the audience through a story of love and spells with appearances by beautiful swan dancers who will grace the stage and take us on a journey filled with tragic twists and turns and surprises along the way.
“Swan Lake” was choreographed by Marcus Bugler, Sarah Aitken and Stephanie Schmidt, Sandy Fritz and overseen by Artistic Director Nathan Cottam.
In order to break a spell that an evil sorcerer has placed upon the ballet’s lead character Odette, she must find true love or live forever as a swan.
“The entire second act of the ballet is almost exactly as you would see it performed in any major company around the world, from Moscow to London, with the iconic Little Swans in their locked arms and the graceful tall swans following them in the next number,” says Nathan Cottam, Artistic Director with Lake Havasu Ballet.
“The classic White Swan Pas de Deux that we perform will be recognizable to any ballet fan as the ballet favorite for over 100 years,” he adds.
Members of the cast range from 3 years old all the way up to 76, which is an important aspect of Cottam’s direction for Lake Havasu Ballet — it is a company that accepts all ages and levels of experience and skill.
“My teachers and I work with each person in the cast as much as necessary so that they feel ready for their part,” he said.
Show times are 7 p.m., Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday. Both shows take place at the Lake Havasu High School Performing Arts Center located at 2675 Palo Verde Blvd. S, Lake Havasu City.
Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/lakehavasuballet