Meet the Players: Michelle Meltzer

In our Macbeth “Meet the Players” series, we’re interviewing the cast of our upcoming production. Get to know all the players you’ll see on stage in our ballet adaptation of ‘The Scottish Play’ March 29, 30 and 31 at the Athenaeum Theatre.

Dancer: Michelle Meltzer

CRB: What roles do you play in Macbeth?

Michelle: “Lady MacDuff, a witch and a sleepwalker in the hand washing scene.”

CRB: Do you have any hobbies outside of dance?

Michelle: “I recently started my own blog and podcast with a great friend of mine called Fuelpointe! It is all about nutrition, regeneration, career paths, and cross-training for dancers. It has become a hobby and passion-project that I can do inaddition to my dancing and teaching Pilates.”

CRB: What are your thoughts on this production of Macbeth?

Michelle: “This contemporary portrayal of Macbeth will be sure to entertain. With visual projections, minimalist stage design, and original costume design. It is sure to be a culmination of art to be admired. “

CRB: Do you have any CRB anecdotes you’d like to share?

Michelle: “In the scene in Macbeth where Banquo is killed by the witches, the witch that kills him stands up and kicks the now-dead Banquo. When this scene was being set, Wade mentioned that the witch should kick him like he was trash. Another dancer and I now have a moment in every run, where at that moment in the scene, we turn to each other and whisper the word "trash" very dramatically. We get a great giggle out of it!”

See Michelle and the rest of this incredible cast of performers on March 29, 30 and 31st at The Athenaeum Theatre. Get your tickets today!

Meet the Players: Eliza Weekley

In our Macbeth “Meet the Players” series, we’re interviewing the cast of our upcoming production. Get to know all the players you’ll see on stage in our ballet adaptation of ‘The Scottish Play’ March 29, 30 and 31 at the Athenaeum Theatre.

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CRB: How long have you been with CRB and what role do you play in Macbeth?

Eliza: “This is my third season with the company. In Macbeth, I play a MacDuff child, a sleep walker and a witch.”

CRB: What are some of your thoughts about Macbeth:

Eliza: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this show. I think that it is quite unique and ground breaking. Not many ballet companies produce shows that have modern and ballet woven together in this way. It is also very unusual to have men and women performing what would traditionally be each other's roles. It's current yet traditional. I'd like to think that's just the way Shakespeare would have wanted it.”

CRB: Do you have any memories to share about CRB?

Eliza: “Macbeth was actually the first show that I ever saw CRB perform, so it's very cool to be part of the production this time around!”

See Eliza and the rest of the cast in The Scottish Play March 29, 30 and 31 at the Athenaeum Theatre. Buy your tickets TODAY!

Meet the Players: Mauricio Fernandez

In our Macbeth “Meet the Players” series, we’re interviewing the cast of our upcoming production. Get to know all the players you’ll see on stage in our ballet adaptation of ‘The Scottish Play’ March 29, 30 and 31 at the Athenaeum Theatre.

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CRB: How long have you been with the company, and what role fo you play in Macbeth?

Mauricio: “This is my first season. In Macbeth I play the role of MacDuff.”

CRB: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Mauricio: “I’m originally from Puebla, Mexico. Also, I’m also a tap dancer. I love teaching both ballet and tap. Traveling is one of my favorite things in the world, and I love to eat wings!”

CRB: So how have you found your first season at CRB?

Mauricio: “This has been my first season with the company and I’m just really happy to be part of such a wonderful organization where everyone from the direction to all the dancers have welcomed me with open arms. It’s great to work with people that support each other.”

CRB: What are your thoughts on CRB’s Macbeth?

Mauricio: “I have really enjoyed the whole process of learning the ballet not just because of the intricate choreography but also because of the powerful plot and getting to see all the characters come to life from the witches to Macbeth and of course getting to understand my character Macduff. I think the audience is in for a treat and they will leave wanting more!”

CRB: What has your personal journey been like with the company?

Mauricio: “This has been my first season with the company and I’m just really happy to be part of such a wonderful organization where everyone from the direction to all the dancers have welcomed me with open arms. It’s great to work with people that support each other.”

See Mauricio and the rest of these wonderful artists in Macbeth, March 29, 30 and 31 at the Athenaeum Theatre. Purchase your tickets TODAY!

Meet the Players: Miriam-Rose LeDuc

In our Macbeth “Meet the Players” series, we’re interviewing the cast of our upcoming production. Get to know all the players you’ll see on stage in our ballet adaptation of ‘The Scottish Play’ March 29, 30 and 31 at the Athenaeum Theatre.

Today’s player: Miriam-Rose LeDuc

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CRB: How long have you been with the company, and what role do you play in Macbeth?

Miriam: “This is my 3rd year. I’m playing Lady Macbeth.”

CRB: What are your thoughts about this particular production?

Miriam: “Macbeth offers a unique fusion of modern dance and ballet to tell Shakespeare’s thrilling story.   The movement itself is distinctive and exciting, and the ballet offers all the theatrical drama an audience could desire.  The visual projections and incredible music add to the intensity of this production.  Not to be missed!”

CRB: Do you have any hobbies?

Miriam: “In addition to dancing, I play and teach the violin.  One of my favorite CRB memories was performing a rendition of Franz Schubert’s Serenade D. 957, No. 4 for our 2017 gala.  I opened by accompanying another dancer live on my violin, and then finished the piece by dancing to a version I had recorded.  It was exciting to have the opportunity to use two different mediums that I love in the same work.”

CRB: What are some of your favorite CRB memories?

Miriam: “I feel that, in a way, my story at CRB has come full circle.  The first time I heard about the company was when I saw an audition posting for the original production of Macbeth in the spring of 2016.  I didn’t audition then, but as I continued taking and teaching classes throughout the city that year, I became friends with Jordan Mercer, who had danced Lady Macbeth in CRB’s original cast.  She encouraged me to audition for CRB in the fall, which I did, and joined the company in early 2017.  Jordan has since retired from the stage, but her friendship and support have greatly influenced my journey, and it means a lot to me to have the opportunity to dance a role that was created for her.”

CRB: What else would you like to share with readers?

Miriam: “The process for this ballet has been a lot of fun!  The characters are complex, and fascinating to analyze.  I am enjoying the challenge of interpreting and portraying Lady Macbeth through the movement.”

See Miriam and the whole cast in MACBETH March 29, 30 and 31 at the Athenaeum Theatre. Buy your tickets today!

Meet the Players: John Cartwright

In our Macbeth “Meet the Players” series, we’re interviewing the cast of our upcoming production. Get to know all the players you’ll see on stage in our ballet adaptation of ‘The Scottish Play’ March 29, 30 and 31 at the Athenaeum Theatre.

Today’s player: John Cartwright

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CRB: “How long have you been with the company, and what character do you play in Macbeth?”

John: “This is my second year as an ensemble member, and I was a guest artist for 3 years. I play the role of Malcolm.”

CRB: “What is your take on this particular production of Macbeth?”

John: “CRB’s adaptation of Macbeth is both classical and modern, not only in the dancing and choreography but also in the storytelling. Wade has done an amazing job at bringing this story into a contemporary context while remaining true to the original story.”

CRB: “What are some of your thoughts about the rehearsal process for Macbeth?”

John: “I love how the dancers at CRB make rehearsals and performances feel like a family gathering. Everyone works together, doing their own parts, to make something larger than themselves come alive. The dancers care for each other, lift each other up emotionally, and bring their authentic selves to the stage.”

CRB: “What have been some of your favorite moments this season at Chicago Repertory Ballet?”

John: It’s been so lovely teaching company class on Wednesdays. I do a lot of teaching at different studios with children, but getting to teach the talented artists at CRB has been such a gratifying experience.

CRB: Anything else you want to share?

John: Without the generous support of our donors and patrons we would not be able to bring stories like Macbeth to life. So, thank you to everyone who gives their time, money, and energy to CRB so that we are able to share our passion.

See John and the whole cast in MACBETH March 29, 30 and 31 at the Athenaeum Theatre. Buy your tickets today!

Press Release: Macbeth

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Wade Schaaf
Phone:
872.588.0431
Email:
Info@chicagorepertoryballet.com

Macbeth returns to the stage

[Chicago, IL - February 6th—] This March Chicago Repertory Ballet revives our highly acclaimed 2016 production of William Shakespeare’s MACBETH. Founder & Artistic Director, Wade Schaaf, created a dramatic reworking of the Scottish tragedy. This high-tech and streamlined ballet adaptation promises to be a feast for the senses.

MACBETH is a tale of greed, ambition, and an insatiable lust for power.

Featuring projections designed by John Pobojewski of THIRST designs, lighting by Sarah Lackner, and costumes designed by Chicago favorite Nathan Rohrer, this ballet pulls you into a sleek world where political intrigue meets power-hungry egos—Wade Schaaf’s MACBETH delivers all the passion, drama, and nail biting action of any good Shakespearean tragedy!

Macbeth takes place March 29th, 30th, and 31st at The Athenaeum Theatre

Tickets are available on The Athenaeum Theatre’s website, or by calling the box office: 773-935-6875
—Group rates available by phone—


Chicago Repertory Ballet's mission is to bring storytelling and choreographic innovation to the stage while inspiring audiences and challenging preconceived notions of the art-form.  

Chicago Repertory Ballet is a not-for-profit tax exempt organization - under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

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If you would like more information on this topic, please contact Wade Schaaf via phone at 872.588.0431 or email Info@chicagorepertoryballet.com


Meet Nathan

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Originally from Kansas City, Nathan has made a home here in Chicago, dancing with companies such as Giordano Dance Chicago and AJA productions. He most recently finished touring the West Coast with Odyssey Dance Theatre. He is thrilled to be performing with Chicago Repertory Ballet.

Meet Alana

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Alana Jones is a Houston native. As a founding member of  Vitacca Dance Project under the direction of Kelly Ann Vitacca she trained under Ballet Master Phillip Broomhead while attending the High School of Performing and Visual Arts. In 2014 Ms. Jones was accepted on scholarship and trained with the American Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Thereafter, Ms. Jones was accepted on scholarship to SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. During her time at Purchase College, Ms. Jones was invited into the ballet concentration where she performed and studied works by George Balanchine, Norbert De la Cruz, Michelle Ulerich and Colby Damon. 

During her four years she has also trained with Ballet X, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, Hubbard Street Dance and Arts Umbrella. 

 Alana recently earned her BFA and is excited for her first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet.

Meet Felicity

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Felicity Lyon Nicholson began her formal dance training at the Fort Wayne Ballet under the direction of Karen Gibbons-Brown. She then went on to receive a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University, during which time she performed works by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Susan McGuire, Derek Reid, Patrick Hinson and many others. Upon graduation Felicity moved to Chicago where she studied on scholarship at Visceral Dance Chicago and at the Lou Conte Dance Center and performed work including Thodos Dance Chicago’s New Dances, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s The Nutcracker, and the Moroccan tour of BDE’s Scheherazade. In 2016 Felicity became a member of Project606 Dance and Trifecta Dance Collective, where she was made Rehearsal Director in 2017. After performing Gerald Arpino’s “Light Rain” with the Fort Wayne Ballet in the Fall of 2018, Felicity is delighted to be back performing in Chicago for her first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet.