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AT THE JANET QUINNEY LAWSON CAPITOL THEATRE

Passion, betrayal, and forgiveness from beyond the grave.

A ghost story,  a love story, an all-time classic—newly conceived by Adam Sklute, complete with a Company of more than 50 dancers and a live 48-piece orchestra. Ballet’s original ghost story, Giselle is the haunting drama about a poor peasant girl and the prince who deceives her. See why Giselle remains one of the most beloved and enduring masterpieces in all ballet.

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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
November 7, 2014 Evening 7:30pm
November 8, 2014 Matinee 2:00pm
  Evening 7:30pm
November 9, 2014 Matinee 2:00pm
November 12, 2014 Evening 7:30pm
November 13, 2014 Evening 7:30pm
November 14, 2014 Evening 7:30pm
November 15, 2014 Matinee 2:00pm
  Evening 7:30pm
November 16, 2014 Matinee 2:00pm

 production photos from Giselle


Artists of Ballet West by Kelli Bramble

Artists of Ballet West by Kelli Bramble

Artists of Ballet West by Kelli Bramble

Artists of Ballet West by Kelli Bramble

Artists of Ballet West by Kelli Bramble

Artists of Ballet West by Kelli Bramble


casting


Nov 7
Conducted By Jared Oaks

Giselle – Arolyn Williams
Prince Albrecht – Christopher Ruud
Myrthe – Christiana Bennett
Hilarion – Rex Tilton

Nov 8 Matinee
Conducted By Jared Oaks

Giselle – Jacqueline Straughan
Prince Albrecht – Adrian Fry
Myrthe – Emily Adams
Hilarion – Christopher Sellars

Nov 8 Evening
Conducted By Jared Oaks

Giselle – Arolyn Williams
Prince Albrecht – Christopher Ruud
Myrthe – Christiana Bennett
Hilarion – Rex Tilton

Nov 9 Matinee
Conducted By Jared Oaks

Giselle – Jacqueline Straughan
Prince Albrecht – Adrian Fry
Myrthe – Emily Adams
Hilarion – Christopher Sellars

Nov 12
Conducted By Gerald Steichen

Giselle – Sayaka Ohtaki
Prince Albrecht – Rex Tilton
Myrthe – Allison DeBona
Hilarion – Christopher Anderson

Nov 13
Conducted By Gerald Steichen

Giselle – Beckanne Sisk
Prince Albrecht – Beau Pearson
Myrthe – Katlyn Addison
Hilarion – Christopher Ruud

Nov 14
Conducted By Jared Oaks

Giselle – Arolyn Williams
Prince Albrecht – Christopher Ruud
Myrthe – Christiana Bennett
Hilarion – Rex Tilton

Nov 15 Matinee
Conducted By Gerald Steichen

Giselle – Sayaka Ohtaki
Prince Albrecht – Rex Tilton
Myrthe – Allison DeBona
Hilarion – Christopher Anderson

Nov 15 Evening
Conducted By Jared Oaks

Giselle – Jacqueline Straughan
Prince Albrecht – Adrian Fry
Myrthe – Emily Adams
Hilarion – Christopher Sellars

Nov 16 Matinee
Conducted By Gerald Steichen

Giselle – Beckanne Sisk
Prince Albrecht – Beau Pearson
Myrthe – Katlyn Addison
Hilarion – Christopher Ruud​

 


Synopsis


Act I – Harvest time in a village in the German Rhineland.

Giselle, a fragile young peasant girl, is being courted by a young man known to her as Loys. He is, in fact, Albrecht, Duke of Silesia, disguised as a peasant. Loys vows eternal love for Giselle, but they are interrupted by Hilarion, a woodsman who has been in love with Giselle since they were children. Giselle kindly tells Hilarion of her feelings for Loys. Hialrion is hurt, but more, he is suspicious of Loys, suspecting that he is not who he claims to be. Hilarion vows to uncover the true identity of this mystery man and regain Giselle’s love.

The villagers return from the harvest and all join in a dance. But Berthe, Giselle’s mother admonishes the girl for dancing so much. Berthe is afraid for her daughter’s fragile health and demeanor and wants no ill to befall her. At that moment she has a startling premonition. It is of the legend of the Wilis, young women who have been betrayed and died before their wedding day and who must spend eternity on Earth haunting men. This, she fears, will be Giselle’s fate. Berthe leads a reluctant Giselle indoors, and Loys takes his leave.

Horns sound in the distance, signaling the imminent arrival of a hunting party. Hilarion returns, and breaks into Loys’ hut as the horns sound again. The hunting party arrives. It is led by the Duke of Courland and his daughter Bathilde, who are seeking sustenance.

As Giselle sees to her guests, Bathilde engages her in a conversation. The noblewoman inquires whether Giselle has a beau, and Giselle explains that she is engaged. Bathilde responds that she too is engaged, and asks after Giselle’s fiancé. Giselle looks for him, but cannot find him. Bathilde is charmed by Giselle and requests the Duke’s permission to present the girl with her necklace.

The Duke and Bathilde take leave, and the hunting party disperses. Hilarion emerges from Loys’ hut holding his rival’s sword, branded with an elaborate crest signifying nobility. He catches sight of the departing noble party, and connects it with the sword. He feels vindicated, triumphant. But before he can expose Loys’ deception to Giselle, the villagers return. Hilarion hides the sword and leads them in a dance.

Giselle’s friends crown her Queen of the Vintage. Everyone dances in celebration of the harvest, including Giselle and Loys. But their revelry is interrupted by Hilarion, who rushes toward Giselle and denounces Loys as a deceiver. He presents the sword as proof. Giselle does not want to believe him. Hilarion summons the hunting party with the horn, and Loys can no longer conceal his true identity. Not only is he a nobleman, but he is engaged to Bathilde! Giselle becomes distraught beyond measure. She realizes that she has been deceived and in her shock she goes mad. Abandoning all hope for happiness Giselle takes her own life thus bringing to reality her mother’s premonition.

Act II – The Forest.

Giselle has been buried in a forest, close to a deep pond. Hilarion comes to grieve at her grave, but senses the presence of the Wilis and runs to hide.

Myrthe, Queen of the Wilis, summons her subjects to appear and assist her in initiating Giselle into their sisterhood. Myrthe pulls branches of Myrtle, symbols of death, to begin their ritual. The Wilis hide about the forest as Albrecht, full of remorse, comes to mourn at Giselle’s grave and seek her forgiveness. The ghost of Giselle appears before Albrecht and comforts him, but she cannot forgive him and rejects his offering of lilies. Like the wind she disappears into the woods. Albrecht pursues her.

Meanwhile, Hilarion has been found by the Wilis. On Myrthe’s orders, they encircle him and drive him to dance until he dies. Hilarion begs their forgiveness but, as they are vengeful spirits, they show him no mercy.

Now Albrecht presence is discovered by the Wilis and Myrthe commands that he too must die. But Giselle intervenes and protects him from the angry ghosts. She is however too new and weak a spirit to overcome Myrthe’s power. Together Giselle and Albrecht must dance until he dies.

A weary Albrecht pleads to put a halt to his dancing. His entreaty is refused. Giselle again pleads for his life, but she cannot sway Myrthe. Albrecht continues to dance, until he collapses from exhaustion and at that moment Giselle comes forward and forgives him all his transgressions. The purity and goodness of her heart frees Albrecht from the spell and as the first light of dawn banishes the Wilis. Giselle returns to her grave, her soul lightened by the generosity of her act. Albrecht is left to weep and ponder his actions.