Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK

IT’S a Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream in Townsville tonight as the Mel­bourne City Bal­let per­forms its second show for a sell- out crowd.

The Shake­spearean clas­sic was a pop­u­lar draw­card for lo­cal theatre go­ers when tick­ets sold out for the show at River­way Arts Cen­tre.

In re­sponse, the com­pany put on an ex­tra show last night, which at­tracted an­other huge crowd.

Mel­bourne City Bal­let ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Sean Me­mery said au­di­ences loved their per­for­mance style.

“All of our works are story bal­lets which is great be­cause it al­lows an au­di­ence to become more in­volved with the show,” he said.

“It’s easy to get lost in a dance num­ber.”

Chore­ographed by artis­tic di­rec­tor Michael Pap­palardo, au­di­ences see a range of di­verse move­ment, ex­e­cuted by ta­lented artists in a sto­ry­telling pro­duc­tion for all ages.

The crew also in­cor­po­rated some lo­cal dancers with au­di­tions held yes­ter­day in Townsville. Young hope­fuls came from all over, with 12 dancers se­lected to ap­pear in the per­for­mances from the 45 who au­di­tioned. Mr Me­mery said it had been good to work with lo­cal youth in the area.

A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream will be on tonight at the River­way Arts Cen­tre at 7.30, be­fore head­ing to Char­ters Tow­ers for a Satur­day per­for­mance.

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