Ballet Austin Trainees Present

Symphony of Clouds


The childhood story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Mozart was a famous musical prodigy at the age of five. Come see the young Mozart as his family and the rest of the world discover his amazing talent.

Directed by Judy Matetzschk-Cambell
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Written by Margaret Larlham
Choreography by Sarah Rostoker

Families: Join in on the fun with Family Dance Workshop.

Photo by Tony Spielberg
Get TicketsThe AustinVentures StudioTheater
Jan 22 | 2pm & 4:30pm
Jan 28 | 2pm & 4:30pm
Jan 29 | 2pm & 4:30pm
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About


Symphony of Clouds is an imaginative dance-theatre retelling of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's childhood story. Mozart's love of nature greatly influenced his music and imagination. Elements from nature including clouds, rivers, trees, and various animals are used theatrically to tell his story. Come see the young Mozart as his family and the rest of the world discover his amazing talent.

"I almost started to cry as I looked around at our students who appeared totally enraptured by this amazing production. Many had never seen ballet before, much less the superb acting. I'm sure it will be the topic of conversation in many homes."
- Norma Hawes, Music Teacher, Pleasant Hill Elementary



Program Notes



Synopsis

Symphony of Clouds begins in 1760 with Mozart, or as his family calls him, "Wolfie," as a boisterous four-year-old boy. His family is astounded as they discover his musical prodigy, and they look for ways to benefit from his gift.

Wolfie's family travels on the River Danube to a carnival in Vienna where they enjoy the antics of a dancing juggler and his comically clumsy sidekicks. His family cheers him on as he wows an exuberant Empress with a rousing piano recital. The dancers star as the mischievous piano keys that escape from their keyboard and dance circles around the Empress' palace.

Wolfie is examined by multiple mustachioed maestros who put him through a rigorous musical test. The plot continues to twist and turn right up to the stirring finale, when Wolfie discovers his influence upon the world today, and finds his own creative voice.


Main Characters
"Wolfie" – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Leopold Mozart, Mozart's father
"Nannerl" – Maria Anna Mozart, Mozart's sister
Anna Maria Mozart, Mozart's mother
Constanza Weber, Mozart's future wife
Cloud Shadow Sprites, Mozart's imaginary muses
Empress Marie Therese, patron of Mozart family
Francis, Royal Consort
Maestro Staccato, Maestro Fortissimo, and Maestro Legato, quiz masters of a musical academy
Dancing Sprites, Mozart's muses



History

Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, Director of Pollyanna Theatre Company, discovered Margaret Larlham's play Symphony of Clouds when she adjudicated a playwriting competition. Dr. Matetzschk-Campbell was immediately struck by the imaginative and engaging plotline. After waiting four years for the right opportunity to produce Symphony of Clouds, Dr. Matetzschk-Campbell approached Ballet Austin with the idea of using the script to create an educational dance-theatre production.

Symphony of Clouds premiered in January 2011 with a version of the production that tours to schools and includes related classroom curricula. The Symphony of Clouds public shows premiered in February 2011 at Ballet Austin's AustinVentures StudioTheater.



Music

Prelude
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550: II - Andante

Scene 1: The Mozart Family, Salzburg, 1760 - 1762
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-Flat Major, K.595: III - Rondo-Allegro

Scene 3: Journey to Vienna
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550: II Andante
Church Choir: Requiem in D minor, K.626: Lacrimosa
Waves: Serenade No. 13 in G, K.525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik": II - Romanze Andante

Scene 4: Carnival Dance
Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-Flat Major, K. 495: III

Scene 5: The Recital, Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K.331: III. Alla Turca: Allegretto

Scene 6: News Travels Far
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467, "Elvira Madigan": II. Andante: Allegro Vivace Assai

Scene 7: Farewell to Nannerl
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: I

Scene 8: Mozart and the Maestros
Serenade No. 13 in G, K.525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik": I

Scene 9: The Circus
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457: Molto Allegro
Composed October 14, 1784 in Vienna

Scene 10: The Doctor's Visit
Requiem In D Minor, K. 626: Sequence: V. Confutatis Maledictis

Scene 11: Delirium
Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622: II. Adagio

Scene 12: The Modern World
Music Cacophony Collage

Scene 13: Mozart's Gift
Così Fan Tutte, K. 588: Terzettino - Soave Sia Il Vento



Costumes



Sets




Cast & Credits


Cast

Ballet Austin Trainee Cast List
William Abbott
Liza Barskaya
Alison Caspersen
Rebekah DeFilippo
Lauren Heebner
Mari Kai Juras
Corey Mangum
Linde Matthews
Sarah Morgan
Rosie Grady Sayvetz
David Lee Strong Jr.

Pollyanna Theatre Actor Cast List
Michael Dalmon
Robert Deike
Karina Dominguez
Bethany Harbaugh
Michelle Keffer
Julie Linnard
Toby Minor



Credits

Directed by Judy Matetzschk-Campbell
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Written by Margaret Larlham
Choreography by Sarah Rostoker
Production Director/Stage Manager – Bill Sheffield
Costume Designer – Emily Cawood
Lighting Designer/Touring Stage Manager – Steve Meyers
Property Designer – Rachel Magee
Actors – Pollyanna Theatre Company
Dancers – Ballet Austin Trainees



Artist Profiles

Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Matetzschk-Campbell received her Ph.D. in Theatre – Text Criticism from the University of Texas at Austin in May of 1996. An award- winning director, Dr. Matetzschk-Campbell has directed 22 productions for young audiences in the Austin area. Some of her favorite productions have been Degas’ Little Dancer, 3X Andersen: The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter which she developed for the stage with Emily Cicchini.

Her current work focuses around the development of new dramatic literature for young audiences, the creation of teacher/student enrichment materials to accompany theatre productions. Dr. Matetzschk-Campbell specializes in helping educators design and implement programming that merges the energy and creativity of theatre with a wide variety of curriculum concerns.

Professional New Play Dramaturgy credits include work for professional theatres such as St. Louis’ Metro Theatre Company, Tempe, Arizona’s Childsplay Theatre, and Indianapolis’ Bonderman Youth Playwrighting Symposium.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756. His musician father, Leopold, spent many hours tutoring Wolfgang’s older sister and was, as a result, constantly exposing the boy to music from an extremely young age. By the age of five, Mozart was competent in both the piano and violin, and began to compose himself. Leopold felt he had a duty to nurture his children’s musical skill, and took them on tours to Munich and Vienna. Word of Wolfgang and his sister’s musical genius spread throughout the royal courts of Europe, with Wolfgang and Leopold eventually making their names known in Paris and London.

In 1773, at the age of 17, Wolfgang became a court musician in Salzburg. He held this position for four years before seeking employment elsewhere in Europe. His opera Indomeneo achieved great success in 1781, and Mozart was called to Vienna, where he settled as a freelance composer and married his wife Constanze.

Mozart became revered throughout Europe after the premieres of his famous operas and concertos, including The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. In the last year of his life he was particularly productive creatively, composing some of his most admired works including a series of string quartets, piano and clarinet concerto, and his unfinished Requium. He died in December of 1791, unable to witness the excitement his final opera generated over the next year.


Margaret Larlham, Playwright
Margaret Larlham is a resident playwright, director, and choreographer for the Theatre for Youth Program at San Diego State University. Ms. Larlham’s plays include Tom + Huck + Jim, Jungle Book, and Fire + Mist. Awards include the Bonderman Play Development Award (for Tortilla Moon), an ASSITEJ Observership Award, an SDSU Research and Creative Activity Award.


Sarah Rostoker, Choreographer
Sarah Rostoker began her tenure at Ballet Austin as a Ballet Austin Trainee and Pedagogy Intern during 2006-2008. During this time she studied with Stephen Mills, Michelle Martin, and Lynne Short, and performed works by Mr. Mills, Gina Patterson, and Thaddeus Davis.


Since the fall of 2009, Ms. Rostoker has been involved with multi-faceted projects, including helping to create diverse multi-media interactives such as Hamlet, Peter and the Wolf, The Firebird, and Swan Lake. She debuted as a choreographer for the collaborative educational production of Symphony of Clouds (Feb 2010). She is a fluent American Sign Language interpreter, and she interpreted educational programming for Ballet Austin's Studio Spotlight, Peter and the Wolf, The Nutcracker Docent Program (for the Texas School for the Deaf), and The Nutcracker School Shows.


Sarah is currently assisting with grant-writing for Ballet Austin under Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin’s direction.


Director's Notes


Symphony of Clouds is an amazing piece of historical imagination. Upon first hearing Mozart's music as a child, I'd always wondered - what inspired him to write such amazing pieces? His compositions are full of emotion and imagination; they seem so alive next to some of the other classical works I learned to play. Playwright Margaret Larlham provides us with a fun and though-provoking interpretation of Mozart's childhood and the discovery of his musical gift at the tender age of 4. Now we can all imagine what Wolfie's life might have been, just as if we were standing there right next to him.
- Pei-San Brown, Community Education Director, Ballet Austin

Reviews


"Thank you, and thanks to the performers! We enjoyed every moment!"
- Johnette McNair

"Today's performance was amazing! The dancers and performers were very talented professionals. What a treat for us!"
- Michelle L'Eplattenier

"My daughter loved this performance. I enjoyed it immensely. Bravo to the cast!"
- Suenda Kirk

Events


Family Dance Workshop - Mozart and the Symphony of Clouds
Sun Jan 15, 2012
2 - 3:30pm
Ballet Austin's AustinVentures StudioTheater

See excerpts from Ballet Austin's Symphony of Clouds, the childhood story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and create your own choreography with the help of Ballet Austin dancers. Recommended for ages 3 to 10 years old and their family members. Learn more or sign up here.

 
 
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