By Amy Guerra
Houston Ballet, America’s fourth-largest ballet company, is coming to Mount Baker Theatre on Sat, Apr 1 for a 7:30 p.m. performance of its season tour. Access to world-class ballet performances and classes normally have both price and geographic barriers to attendance that MBT aims to mitigate through outreach efforts associated with this performance.
Family Access: Youth tickets are just $10 in any section with purchase of at least one accompanying adult ticket. The lowest unobstructed ticket price for the top 10 ballet companies in America is usually around $40, with tickets often running over $100 each because of the cost of the elaborate productions and the training and upkeep of company members. Our sponsors and non-profit mission allow us to subsidize this discount.
Artist Access: A free post-show talk-back with company members is aimed at our young audience members. Dancers can ask working professionals what it is like to train and tour on that level – access normally only found within the walls of big companies in big cities.
Student Access: Houston Ballet Academy Director Vicki Attard is leading two master classes March 31. We are taking our talented guest out into the community with two classes for regional intermediate/advanced ballet students: 9 a.m. at WWU (ages 16+) or 5:30 p.m. at Presence Studio in Downtown Bellingham (ages 12+). Classes are $15.
Geographic Access: Bringing this world-class touring show to downtown Bellingham where residents enjoy free evening parking and our familiar theater setting is part of our mission as Bellingham’s local hub for live performing arts.