Springfield Ballet

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Springfield Ballet celebrates its 40th anniversary season this year, and the company has presented an annual holiday production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker for 31 of those years.  This year’s performances are December 16-19 at the Landers Theatre, but prior to that the company will offer “A Night for the Nutcracker,” a fundraising evening during which the new set will be revealed to the public.

Non-profit organizations say they’re blown away by the support garnered during the daylong fundraiser Give Ozarks on Tuesday. Now, it’s time to put that money to good use.

“We were just really overwhelmed by all the people that decided to give to us,” said Christine Temple, communications coordinator with Ozarks Food Harvest.

Over 250 donors contributed Tuesday to the organization’s mission of feeding kids. All of these donations will go to OFH’s Weekend Backpack program.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Ballet)

Springfield Ballet presents the whimsical tale of "Snow White" at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut, April 24-26.  Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, and all your favorite characters appear in an original ballet production that is "one of the most enchanting stories we could possibly tell," according to the Ballet's Executive Director Evan Bennett.

"The story doesn't just follow Disney. We pull some things from the Disney version, but a lot of it also comes from the original version of Snow White. I think we forget that it hasn't always been 'Disney-fied!'"

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Springfield Ballet has a new executive director.  He is Evan Bennett, a graduate of Glendale High School, who grew up acting and singing  in Springfield productions. 

Bennett left Springfield after high school to study vocal performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.  He earned his Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  After graduating, Bennett spent two years in Austria through the Fulbright Program working as an English-speaking teaching assistant.