By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – The romance and beauty of “Romeo and Juliet” comes to Tupelo, courtesy of Alabama Ballet.
Tupelo Ballet is presenting the production, which has been a favorite of the Alabama Ballet’s to create.
“It’s a beautiful production. We first produced it in 2003 and then repeated it in 2007 and this year,” said Alabama Ballet’s artistic director, Tracey Alvey. “It follows the story heavily, and fans will recognize the story and how it will progress.”
The company has starred four of its dancers as Juliet and three as Romeo, so as many dancers can experience those roles.
Dancing in Tupelo as Juliet is Luiza Boaventura, a native of Brazil.
“She’s very fragile and delicate looking, which is great because Juliet is very young,” Alvey said.
Boaventura studied ballet at Classical School of Uberlândia, and she also earned a law degree at Universidad Federal Uberlândia. She represented Brazil at the 9th International Ballet
Competition in Moscow. She’s in her first year at Alabama Ballet.
Georgia native Noah Hart will star as Romeo in the Tupelo production.
He began his training with Atlanta Ballet and Houston Ballet, and graduated from the Houston Ballet Academy.
The choreography was created by Roger Van Fleteren, the company’s resident choreographer and assistant artistic director.
“This is a favorite of mine and Roger’s,” Alvey said. “We’re very excited about coming to Tupelo. We came here a few years ago and presented ‘Swan Lake,’ so we’re looking forward to being there.”
DIM THE LIGHTS
• What: Alabama Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet,” presented by Tupelo Ballet
• When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15
• Where: Tupelo High School Performing Arts Center
• Cost: $30/adults, $20/seniors, $15/students
• Info: (662) 844-1928