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The Great Gatsby

October 2017


   7:30 pm Thursday, October 26, 2017
   8:00 pm Friday, October 27, 2017
   8:00 pm Saturday, October 28, 2017
   3:00 pm Sunday, October 29, 2017 

Pre-performance Talk, 45 minutes prior to each performance

RON CUNNINGHAM choreographer
BILLY NOVICK music director, band conductor  
JAMIE CORDES narrator and vocalist 
FELITA LaROCK vocalist  
BILLY NOVICK'S BLUE SYNCOPATORS: Billy Novick, clarinet and alto sax; John Clark, clarinet and tenor and baritone saxes; Mike Peipman, trumpet; Dan Fox, trombone; Ross Petot, piano; Stu Gunn, tuba and string bass; Bill Reynolds, drums 

Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present The Great Gatsby, with a nod to the Roaring Twenties.  The timeframe of this swinging ballet fits perfectly in Dayton Ballet's Ruby Jubilee season, one that is set to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Dayton Ballet and the 90th anniversary of the Dayton Ballet School, originally established by Miss Josephine Schwarz along with her sister, Miss Hermene, in 1927.

The Great Gatsby
was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third novel and stands as the supreme achievement of his career. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby, his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, and lavish parties on Long Island is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. 

Choreographed by Ron Cunningham, Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet, this exciting ballet premiered at Sacramento Ballet in February 2013.  Dayton Ballet brings this wonderful performance to the Gem City on the stage of the historic Victoria Theatre, the perfect venue for this classic story ballet. 

The Great Gatsby will be set to live music performed by Billy Novick’s Blue Syncopators, a seven-piece jazz ensemble that will bring the era of jazz to life both in the orchestra pit and on stage with the dancers for this swinging production. Blues singer and Dayton local Felita LaRock joins on stage, helping set the mood with her sultry voice.

The full professional company of Dayton Ballet, along with dancers from Dayton Ballet II and the Dayton Ballet School, cordially invite you to the party of the century, so dust off your flapper dress or grab your top hat, Baby, and join us at the Victoria for a roaring good time.  

Artistic underwriting provided by  


DP&L Foundation DPAA Innovation Partner—Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts 
Premier Health Performance Sponsor 
Enterprise Roofing Supporting Sponsor 

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