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Esko, Carlton students to appear in ballet

The Northland could use a little summer moonlight and magic.

Just in time, the Minnesota Ballet presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Shakespeare’s most magical comedy, told through sparkling dance, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, at the DECC Symphony Hall.

Called by the Duluth News Tribune “luscious and utterly charming,” the production is choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Gardner to music by Felix Mendelssohn and set in an enchanted wood of Elizabethan England, home to sprightly fairy folks, confused lovers, and delightful comic characters starring the classic mischief-maker Puck.

Performing in the production will be two Cloquet-area students training at the School of the Minnesota Ballet. Dancing as a fairy will be Kelsey Rye of Esko, a senior at Lincoln High School; and dancing as a pixie will be Kendal Davis of Mahtowa, a seventh-grader at Carlton Middle School.          

For more information or to arrange for special-rate tickets for groups as small as 10, call the Ballet at 218-529-3742.

The performance is sponsored by Essentia Health; the production was made possible in part by the John T. and Elizabeth C. Adams Arts Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and by the Minnesota Power Foundation.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.