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CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S

NUTCRACKER

DECEMBER 10 –30


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Nutcracker DECEMBER 10–30, 2016

4 | Letter from Ashley Wheater 5 | Letter from Greg Cameron 8 | The Nutcracker Program 9 | Synopsis 18 | Artists of the Company 20 | Ballet Notes 25 | Bios 32 | Joffrey Boards 34 | Supporters 44 | The Nutcracker Sponsors 62 | Activity Pages

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In December of 1987, Robert Joffrey’s vision for a new Nutcracker took the stage at Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa. I was fortunate to dance in that performance. Joffrey’s Nutcracker was a cherished part of his legacy for nearly three decades. Much has happened in those intervening years. In a way, the Nutcracker provided continuity as the world has changed around us. Now we have an opportunity to reimagine The Nutcracker for the twenty-first century. Nearly ten years ago, when I first became Artistic Director of the Joffrey, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and I discussed creating a Nutcracker. From that spark, a fresh story and production have evolved. Set in Chicago during the time of the World’s Columbian Exposition, elements of the original E.T.A. Hoffmann narrative dovetail nicely with a child’s adventure at the exotic fairgrounds, complete with foreign pavilions and the raucous Midway. Perhaps more importantly, our Nutcracker tells the story of an immigrant mother and her two children, making their home in a new country. There is no choreographer better suited to discover fresh meaning within this well-known story. Christopher has assembled a brilliant team of artists to help create this magical world. We are joined by generous partners, including Margot and Josef Lakonishok, the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and once again, Hancher Auditorium, to introduce a new holiday classic, celebrating the dynamic city of Chicago, its history, and its people. Let your imagination soar,

Ashley Wheater Artistic Director

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WELC


“Sell the cookstove if necessary and come. You must see the fair.” — Author Hamlin Garland in a letter to his parents, 1893 Today I have the privilege to pen a letter to you, our valued audience, thanking you for joining us at our reimagined version of “the fair.” As a lifelong Chicagoan, I still marvel at the fact that during the six-month run of the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition almost 27 million visitors came to Chicago — they were greeted by art, music, architecture, electricity, dance, and so much more. In fact, our performance home — The Auditorium Theatre hosted the grand historical pageant America. For the past twenty-one years, the Joffrey has called Chicago home — a city committed to innovation and the arts and a city rich with a history of story-telling. As we celebrate the history of our great city and the creativity of our Company artists (the fair had pavilions from 46 countries — our dancers represent 14 countries) through the magic of Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker, I rise to my feet applauding our “Believers.” In addition to the leadership support of the Lakonishoks, the Searle Family, and the Hancher Auditorium, Ashley’s dream to commission a new Nutcracker for The Joffrey Ballet was met with enthusiasm and joy by a bountiful and generous group of “Believers.” I would ask that you take a moment to peruse the list — if you know them offer a personal “thank you” — if not, rest assured that the Joffrey Family has extended our most sincere and profound thanks and know that our commitment to access will ensure that no one will have to “sell the cookstove” to experience The Nutcracker. We wish you a holiday filled with treasured memories, magic, and merriment,

Greg Cameron Executive Director

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ASHLEY WHEATER Artistic Director GREG CAMERON Executive Director ROBERT JOFFREY Founder GERALD ARPINO Founder Artists of The Company Matthew Adamczyk | Derrick Agnoletti | Yoshihisa Arai | Amanda Assucena Artur Babajanyan | Edson Barbosa | Miguel Angel Blanco | Anais Bueno | Fabrice Calmels Raúl Casasola | Valeriia Chaykina | Nicole Ciapponi | Lucia Connolly | April Daly Fernando Duarte | Cara Marie Gary | Stefan Goncalvez | Luis Eduardo Gonzalez Dylan Gutierrez | Rory Hohenstein | Anastacia Holden | Dara Holmes | Riley Horton Victoria Jaiani | Hansol Jeong | Gayeon Jung | Yumi Kanazawa | Brooke Linford Graham Maverick | Jeraldine Mendoza | Jacqueline Moscicke | Aaron Renteria Christine Rocas | Paulo Rodrigues | Chloé Sherman | Temur Suluashvili Olivia Tang-Mifsud | Alonso Tepetzi | Elivelton Tomazi | Alberto Velazquez Mahallia Ward | Joanna Wozniak | Joan Sebastián Zamora

SCOTT SPECK Music Director GERARD CHARLES Director of Artistic Operations NICOLAS BLANC Ballet Master | Principal Coach ADAM BLYDE SUZANNE LOPEZ Ballet Masters PAUL JAMES LEWIS Senior Pianist | Music Administrator GRACE KIM MATTHEW LONG Company Pianists Patrons are requested to turn off pagers, cellular phones, and signal watches during performances. The taking of photographs and the use of recording devices are not allowed in this auditorium. Program and artists subject to change.

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THE NUTCRACKER

DECEMBER 10–30, 2016

THE NUTCRACKER

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LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT BY THE CHICAGO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

THE NUTCRACKER by Christopher Wheeldon Choreography © by CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON Music by PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Act I Party Scene music arranged by Ljova.

Story by BRIAN SELZNICK Set and Costume design by JULIAN CROUCH Lighting by NATASHA KATZ Puppetry by BASIL TWIST Projection design by BENJAMIN PEARCY Choreographer’s Assistant JACQUELIN BARRETT Children’s Ballet Masters SUZANNE LOPEZ and MICHAEL SMITH Assistant Scenic designer FRANK MCCULLOUGH Assistant Lighting designer JON GOLDMAN Masks created by JULIAN CROUCH Puppetry and Effects built by TANDEM OTTER PRODUCTIONS Construction by BASIL TWIST

WORLD PREMIERE: The Joffrey Ballet, December 10, 2016, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL

Casting details for performances of The Nutcracker can be found on the program insert.


THE NUTCRACKER

It is Christmas Eve in Chicago, 1892. Workers from around the world are constructing the Columbian World’s Exposition, which will open in five months. Marie, the daughter of one of the workers, encounters a gang of boys on the construction site who show off things they’ve stolen. Marie’s younger brother Franz steals a small, red bundle from a rich boy’s sled, and a Rat Catcher terrifies Franz. Marie and Franz return to their home, a little shack where their widowed mother, a sculptress, is creating a great golden statue, which will preside over the fair. Workers from the fair and their families soon arrive at the shack with decorations, a small tree, and much food and drink. A wonderful Christmas party begins. The man who has designed and created the World’s Fair, a mysterious figure known as The Great Impresario, surprises everyone and shows up, along with his apprentice (the rich boy from whom Franz stole the red bundle earlier). The Great Impresario entertains the workers with an enchanting vision of his fair.

SYNOPSIS

ACT I

Miguel Angel Blanco and Amanda Assucena. Photo by Todd Rosenberg. 2016–2017 SEASON Joffrey Ballet | 9


THE NUTCRACKER (continued)

SYNOPSIS

He distributes gifts for everyone, but one is missing. Franz realizes it’s the red bundle he’d stolen. The Great Impresario produces it like a magic trick and gives it to Marie. She unwraps it and discovers a beautiful nutcracker inside. Just then, the Rat Catcher frightens Franz, who drops the nutcracker, breaking it. It is swiftly fixed by The Great Impresario, but the party is now winding to a close and soon everyone leaves. That night something very strange happens. Marie awakens and is shocked to see rats kidnap Franz! The Great Impresario returns, and with a wave of his hand, the little tree from the party grows until it seems to have taken over the entire world. The Nutcracker, now life-size and alive, appears from within its branches. The Rat King leads a battle against the Nutcracker. Marie distracts the Rat King and the Nutcracker kills him.

Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal. Courtesy of The Joffrey Ballet.

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THE NUTCRACKER (continued)

SYNOPSIS

Franz is rescued, and the rats carry off their king, vowing revenge. The Nutcracker is transformed into Prince Peter. It begins to snow. A magical gondola comes to take The Great Impresario, the Prince, and Marie off into the night.

Graham Maverick and Cara Marie Gary. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

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THE NUTCRACKER (continued)

Marie wakes up from her dazzling dream. It is Christmas Day.

Courtesy of The Joffrey Ballet.

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ACT II The gondola delivers The Great Impresario, the Prince, and Marie to the edge of a lake, where they are greeted by the Queen of the Fair, a vision in gold. The Queen grants them a visit to the Dream Fair. They move from pavilion to pavilion, where countries from around the world are represented. Soon The Great Impresario and the Queen of the Fair have fallen in love, which causes the Dream Fair to explode with light.


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THE NUTCRACKER Margot and Josef Lakonishok The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa

SEASON PRODUCTION SPONSORS ROMEO & JULIET This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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THE NUTCRACKER

Courtesy of The Joffrey Ballet.

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Courtesy of The Joffrey Ballet.

BALLET NOTES

THE NUTCRACKER — Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker was conceived specifically for the great city of Chicago. When asked by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater to create a new version of the ballet, they agreed it needed to be set in Chicago, home for over 20 years to the Joffrey. Re-imagining a story as classic as The Nutcracker is always a challenge, but one Wheeldon was eager to take on. Tchaikovsky’s beloved score conjures unforgettable images in our minds, and it’s almost impossible to imagine a Nutcracker without a magical growing Christmas tree or a battle between toys and mice, but Wheeldon knew immediately there was room for his imagination to take over.


THE NUTCRACKER (continued)

Costume rendering by Julian Crouch.

Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

BALLET NOTES

The decision was quickly made to place the ballet within the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, which has taken on new life in popular culture as the subject of Eric Larson’s brilliant book The Devil in the White City. This mysterious, dark and magical moment in Chicago’s history seemed the perfect time and place to re-invent The Nutcracker, even though the fair only ran from May 1st to October 30th, 1893, which means it had closed by Christmastime. We realized it would be thrilling to set the ballet five months before the fair opened, in the winter of 1892, when the fairgrounds were still under construction.

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THE NUTCRACKER (continued)

Courtesy of Chicago History Museum, ICHi-25017; C. D. Arnold, photographer.

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A historic image of a shack on the construction site became central to our new story, and you’ll see a version of it on stage in the ballet. This photograph also perfectly supported Wheeldon’s wish to bring in a new socio-economic plotline for The Nutcracker. Instead of the central family being wealthy and privileged, our heroine, Marie, is from a working class, immigrant family. She lives with her younger brother and her widowed mother, a sculptress working on the golden statue of the Republic. Instead of receiving luxurious and rare presents at a magnificent party in a vast house and then dreaming of even more presents and candy, our story offers a small gathering of immigrant workers coming together to celebrate the holiday with the things they have, filling the air with music and their vivid imaginations. Then, once Marie falls asleep in her shack, she dreams of what the fair will look like when it opens. The Fair itself was a kind of dream city, a vision of what could happen when the whole world comes together to show the best side of humanity in all its glorious ingenuity. So Marie’s dream coming five months before the fair opens becomes a kind of dream within a dream, which has real consequences for Marie once she wakes up.


THE NUTCRACKER (continued)

The chief architect of The World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 was a man named Daniel Burnham, and he provided inspiration for the character of The Great Impresario. He is mysterious and magical (like Drosselmeyer in the original), and he not only serves as the imaginative force behind our version of the fair, but also comes to play a real role in Marie’s life. It’s this transformation of Marie’s life that ultimately became what was most important to this new version of The Nutcracker. While being respectful of the source material, we hope that Marie’s dream journey through the World’s Fair will illuminate what is special about all holiday stories…the value of love, the need for hope and the comfort of family, no matter where you’re from, or what type of family you have. This seems like a dream worth remembering. — Brian Selznick

Courtesy of The Joffrey Ballet.

BALLET NOTES

For anyone who has visited Epcot Center in Florida, the idea of a World’s Fair will be familiar. Countries from around the world set up vast pavilions to celebrate their native foods, arts and sciences. This provides the perfect setting for Marie’s journey in Act II as she travels throughout the Dream Fair, which depicts actual pavilions from the fair including Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.

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BIOS

ASHLEY WHEATER Artistic Director Born in Scotland and raised in England, Ashley Wheater was trained at The Royal Ballet School. Wheater began his professional career with The Royal Ballet and danced at the London Festival Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. In 1997, he became Ballet Master at San Francisco Ballet, and in 2002, Assistant to the Artistic Director. In 2007, Wheater was appointed Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet. New work is the life blood of a company, and he has introduced numerous premieres to the repertoire. In 2008, the Boeing Corporation recognized his commitment to community outreach and diversity in the world of dance, presenting him the “Game Changer” award. In 2010, Wheater, representing The Joffrey Ballet, was named Lincoln Academy Laureate, the highest honor presented by the State of Illinois. The Chicago Tribune selected Wheater as 2013 “Chicagoan of the Year” for his contributions to dance. In 2014, Wheater accepted the Chicago Spirit of Innovation Award for The Joffrey Ballet and in 2015, he received the University of Chicago Rosenberger Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Creative and Performing Arts. He also serves as the Artistic Director of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, the Official School of The Joffrey Ballet.

SCOTT SPECK Music Director Scott Speck has inspired international acclaim as a conductor of passion, intelligence, and winning personality. In addition to his position as Music Director for the Joffrey, he is the Artistic Director of the Chicago Philharmonic and Music Director of the Mobile (AL) and West Michigan Symphony Orchestras. He has led major orchestras at London’s Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera, Washington’s Kennedy Center, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, and the Los Angeles Music Center. He has been Conductor of the San Francisco Ballet; Music Advisor/ Conductor of the Honolulu Symphony; and Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Opera. He was named Principal Guest Conductor of the China Film Philharmonic in Beijing. Speck is the co-author of three of the world’s best-selling books on classical music and dance: Classical Music for Dummies, Opera for Dummies, and Ballet for Dummies. These books have been translated into twenty languages and are available around the world. A Fulbright scholar and summa cum laude graduate of Yale; Speck is a regular commentator on NPR, the BBC, ABC Australia, and Voice of Russia. He has been featured in TED talks and at the Aspen Ideas Festival. His writing appears in numerous magazines and journals. 2016–2017 SEASON Joffrey Ballet | 25


CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON Choreographer

BIOS

English choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and danced with the Company from 1991–1993. For The Royal Ballet, he has choreographed Tryst, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Electric Counterpoint, ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, in collaboration with Alastair Marriott) , Aeternum (Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production) and Strapless, and the three-act ballets Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale. Works of his performed by The Royal Ballet and originally created for other companies include After the Rain and Within the Golden Hour. Wheeldon was born in Yeovil and trained at The Royal Ballet School. In 1991, he won gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne with a solo of his own creation and that year entered The Royal Ballet, where Kenneth MacMillan encouraged him in his choreographic work. In 1993, Wheeldon joined New York City Ballet (NYCB), promoted to soloist in 1998. He created his first work for NYCB, Slavonic Dances, in 1997 and became the company’s first Resident Choreographer in 2001. Works for NYCB include Polyphonia (London Critics’ Circle Award and Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production) and The Nightingale and the Rose. Wheeldon regularly choreographs for leading international companies, including Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and The Joffrey Ballet. In 2007, he founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and became the first British choreographer to create a new work for the Bolshoi Ballet. In 2012, he collaborated with Marriott on the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games. His awards include the Tony Award® for Best Choreography (An American in Paris). He was made an OBE in 2016, and that year was artistic director for Les Arts Décoratifs’ Fashion Forward exhibition. The position of Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet is generously supported by Kenneth and Susan Green.

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BIOS

PYOTR (PETER) ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Composer Pyotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) composed some of the most beloved themes in all of classical music. He founded no school, struck out few new paths or compositional methods, and sought few innovations in his works. Yet the power and communicative sweep of his best music elevates it to classic status. It was Tchaikovsky’s unique melodic charm, whether in his Piano Concerto No.1 or in his ballet The Nutcracker, that could make the music seem familiar on first hearing. Tchaikovsky started piano lessons at age four and showed remarkable talent, eventually surpassing his own teacher’s abilities. At age ten, he was sent to St. Petersburg to study at the School of Jurisprudence. In 1859, he took a position as a civil servant in the Ministry of Justice, but longed for a career in music, attending concerts and operas at every opportunity. He finally began study in harmony at age 21, and enrolled at the St. Petersburg Conservatory the following year, eventually studying with the illustrious composer and pianist Anton Rubinstein. In 1866, Rubinstein’s brother Nicolai founded a new conservatory in Moscow. He invited Tchaikovsky to join him there as a Professor of Harmony. Shortly afterward, Tchaikovsky turned out his First Symphony and began a number of operas. In Moscow, Tchaikovsky also became associated with the Bolshoi Theatre, and there he composed his first ballet, Swan Lake, in 1875. Within a few years, Tchaikovsky was an established composer, beloved throughout Russia. Among his works are six numbered symphonies, three ballets, several operas including Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades, three piano concertos, a violin concerto, several tone poems including Romeo and Juliet, several piano and chamber pieces, and the Serenade for Strings.

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BRIAN SELZNICK Story Adaptation

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Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including The Invention of Hugo Cabret, winner of the Caldecott medal and the basis for the Oscar-winning movie Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese. His best-selling book Wonderstruck is soon to be a major motion picture directed by Todd Haynes (with a screenplay by Selznick), starring Julianne Moore. His newest book, The Marvels, was published in 2015. Other books include illustrations for Frindle by Andrew Clements, Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan, and the Doll People trilogy by Ann Martin and Laura Godwin. He is also a puppeteer, having performed in the original casts of Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique and Petrushka. He is currently working on several new books, and he's writing a musical commissioned by the La Jolla Playhouse based on his first book The Houdini Box with composer Dan Moses Schreier. He lives with his husband Dr. David Serlin in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

JULIAN CROUCH Set and Costume Designer Originally from the UK, Julian Crouch is a Brooklyn-based theatre practitioner, artist, and musician, known for his groundbreaking production of Shockheaded Peter, Satyagraha at the Met Opera, and the Tony®-nominated set of Hedwig and The Angry Inch. A co-founder and former artistic director of Improbable, a UK-based theatre company, his shows have been seen throughout the world. He is particularly known for his incorporation of large-scale, live animation within his productions. He has worked extensively at the Met Opera and on Broadway in addition to a myriad of more unusual locations. Crouch is currently designing and directing the Metropolitan Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala, designing Hansel and Gretel for La Scala, Milan, King Arthur for the Berlin Staatsoper, and Marnie for the ENO and the Met Opera. Together with Saskia Lane, he is internationally touring Birdheart — an intimate chamber piece of animated theatre, which has recently played in Taiwan and in Brussels for the Dalai Lama. He has illustrated two books — Jedermann and Maggot Moon.

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NATASHA KATZ Lighting Designer Natasha Katz has a long-standing creative relationship with Christopher Wheeldon and, prior to Nutcracker, has collaborated with him on a number of ballets, including Tryst (2002), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2011) and The Winter's Tale (2014) all of which premiered at The Royal Ballet where he is Artistic Associate. Katz’s other collaborations with Wheeldon include Continuum (San Francisco Ballet, 2002), Carnival of the Animals and An American in Paris (New York City Ballet), Swan Lake (Pennsylvania Ballet, 2004) and the premiere of An American in Paris at Théâtre Châtelet (2014) and on Broadway (2015), for which she won a Tony Award.® Katz’s Broadway credits include Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Tony Award®) Skylight, The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award®), Aladdin, Once (Tony Award®), Motown, Hedda Gabler, Coast of Utopia: Salvage (Tony Award®), A Chorus Line, Aida (Tony Award®), Sweet Smell of Success, Twelfth Night, and Beauty and the Beast. In London, she designed Skylight (Wyndham’s Theatre), Sister Act (Palladium), Buried Child (National Theatre), and Cyrano (The Royal Opera). Katz has also designed extensively Off-Broadway and for American regional theatres. Her permanent installations include lighting for the audio-visual shows at Niketown London and New York City, The Masquerade Village at the Rio Casino, Las Vegas, and Big Bang at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

BASIL TWIST Puppetry & Effects Basil Twist is proud to make his debut at the Joffrey with Mr. Wheeldon. Previous collaborations include The Winter’s Tale (Royal Opera House) and Cinderella (Dutch National Ballet). Work previously seen in Chicago includes Twist’s Drama Desk Award winning work in The Addams Family and his original creations the multi-award winning Symphonie Fantastique, Petrushka, and Master Peter’s Puppet Show all at The Ravinia Festival. Twist’s wideranging work is revitalizing puppetry as a serious and sophisticated stand alone art form and establishing it as an integral element in contemporary theater, dance, and music. Other Credits: Broadway; The Pee Wee Herman Show and the upcoming Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Original creations; La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco, Dogugaeshi, Hansel and Gretel, Behind The Lid, Arias with a Twist, Seafoam Sleepwalk, The Rite of Spring, and Sisters Follies. Awards include; Obie, Drama Desk, New York Innovative Theatre, Henry Hewes, UNIMA, Bessies, Guggenheim, USA Artists, and Doris Duke Performing Artist. Twist is proud to be a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. He lives in NYC, where he leads The Dream Music Puppetry Program.

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BENJAMIN PEARCY Projection Designer

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Benjamin Pearcy joined 59 Productions in 2011, with the Broadway production of War Horse. Also a lighting designer, Pearcy has lit and designed projections for theatre, opera, and architectural projects around the world, including Big Fish and Whoopi! on Broadway, Francesca Zambello’s production of Carmen for the Beijing Opera, the U.S. national and international tours of Riverdance, national tours of 9 to 5, Beauty and the Beast, and My Fair Lady, and many other productions of companies including the Alley Theatre, the Baltimore Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, the Houston Grand Opera, the Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Cleveland, Opera Omaha, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has been a frequent collaborator with the renowned artist James Turrell, including designing the lighting for the James Turrell Museum in Colome, Argentina. With 59, Pearcy’s projects include The Enchanted Island, Two Boys and Satyagraha for the Met Opera, The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Eugene Onegin for the ROH, and Dark Sisters for the MTG/Opera Philadelphia. Future projects include Pearl Fishers for the ENO, and Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists — a collaboration with composer Valgeir Siggurdson. Pearcy works from 59’s U.S. headquarters in New York City.

JACQUELIN BARRETT Assistant to the Choreographer Jacquelin Barrett trained at The Royal Ballet School, joined London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) and, over a period of eight years, danced soloist and principal roles in the company’s repertory. Barrett was the Ballet Mistress for Central School of Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, and English National Ballet. She is in demand as a guest teacher for many international professional companies and schools. From 1997 to 2008, Barrett taught at The Royal Ballet School, working mainly with the graduate female class. Since 2009, she has been assisting Christopher Wheeldon and staging his works around the world. She is the Associate Director on the musical An American In Paris.

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SUZANNE LOPEZ Children's Ballet Master Suzanne Lopez was asked to join The Joffrey Ballet in 1991, after a year with the Joffrey II Dancers. She retired in 2010, after a long and outstanding career with the Company. She danced principal roles in ballets by such choreographers as Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alonzo King, John Cranko, José Limón, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, and Frederick Ashton. Some of her favorite roles to perform include the title roles in Cranko's Romeo and Juliet and Ashton's Cinderella, as well as the Sugarplum Fairy in Joffrey's The Nutcracker. She was also featured in world premieres by Edwaard Liang, Donald Byrd, Jessica Lang, and Margo Sappington, among others. Lopez also had a featured role in the movie The Company, directed by Robert Altman. Lopez has worked as a Ballet Master for the Joffrey, and has staged and rehearsed works for the Company. She has also been a guest teacher, stager, and coach at various schools and companies around the country. Currently, Lopez teaches at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Chicago Ballet Arts, and the Chicago High School for the Arts.

MICHAEL SMITH Children's Ballet Master Michael Smith joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2001 as a Company member after being one of the first participants in the Arpino Apprentice Program. Prior to joining the Joffrey, he was a student in the dance department at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, where he studied ballet with Anna Paskevska and Graham-based modern dance with Randy Duncan. Smith has also studied dance at The Ruth Page School and The Joffrey Ballet School’s Midwest workshop. During his time with the Joffrey, Smith enjoyed performing in various ballets including The Clowns, Les Patineurs, Les Presages, Miracle Interrupted, The Nutcracker, N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz!, Petrouchka, The Prodigal Son, Romeo and Juliet, Round of Angels, Le Sacre du Printemps, Square Dance, Suite Saint Saëns, The Taming of the Shrew, Tensile Involvement, Viva Vivaldi, and A Wedding Bouquet. Smith is currently a Program Coordinator with the Joffrey’s Community Engagement program, as well as an independent choreographer.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS | 2016–2017 HONORARY CHAIRMAN | Mayor Rahm Emanuel OFFICERS Zachary D. Lazar, Jr. Chairman of the Board Lorna Ferguson 1st Vice Chair Sonia Florian Anne Kaplan Vice Chairs Adam DeWitt Treasurer Ronald J. Allen Secretary Patti S. Eylar Women’s Board President Ashley Wheater Artistic Director Greg Cameron Executive Director Kathleen Hechinger Assistant Treasurer DIRECTORS Patty Perkins Andringa Mary Jo Basler Marc Berman Jamie-Clare Colvin Roger Deromedi Pamella Roland DeVos Terence Donnelly Fred Eychaner

Shelley MacArthur Farley Chip Flannagan Emily Follas Mrs. Robert W. Galvin Dana Hokin Garvey Linda Chaplik Harris Richard Holson III Una C. Jackman Guy Lakonishok Donna M. LaPietra Michael Larsen Barry Litwin Judith MacLeod James McDonough Coco Meers Jess Merten Stuart Miller Leslie D. Minier Daniel L. Morriss Susan Oleari Diane Patience Stephen Reiss Jeffrey C. Rubenstein Bruce Sagan Eric C. Schieber, M.D. Liz Sharp Courtney Shea Ross Shelleman Ildefonso Alvim de Abreu e Silva Chuck Smith Maureen Dwyer Smith Rita Spitz

Dawn M. Stanislaw Lauren F. Streicher, M.D. Ben Strobel Courtney Thompson MarrGwen Townsend Jason J. Tyler Ronald V. Waters III Amanda Williamson Mrs. Joel V. Williamson Bryony Winn Elizabeth Yntema LIFE DIRECTORS Grace Barry Patricia H. Gerber Pamela B. Strobel Joseph H. Wender PAST CHAIRPERSONS William M. Daley Fred Eychaner Gary E. Holdren Dr. David A. Kipper † C. Steve McMillian Bruce Sagan Maureen Dwyer Smith Pamela B. Strobel Jason J. Tyler Ronald V. Waters III As of October 5, 2016 † Deceased

PASSION. QUALITY. LEADERSHIP. Thanks to leaders like Board Director Richard S. Holson III and his team at Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company, The Joffrey Ballet is able to create the highest-quality programming, inspiring the passion of dance for generations.

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WOMEN’S BOARD OF THE JOFFREY BALLET | 2016–2017 Patti S. Eylar President Noren Ungaretti 1st Vice President Merritt DeWitt Kathy Kalesperis Smith 2nd Vice Presidents Ellie Forman Secretary Courtney Shea Treasurer Jessica Steffensen Sandi Hartstein Members-at-Large Dora J. Aalbregtse Elisabeth Adams Mrs. Keene Harwood Addington III Julie O’Donnell Allen Laura Ferris Anderson Melissa Anton Raheela Anwar Dr. Emily L. Arch Annie Atzeff Melissa M. Babcock Grace Barry Kimberly Bartuch Mary Jo Basler Nancy Gottlieb Bauer Heidi Best Jetta Boschen Dorothy Bousseau Sophia P. Bross Marisa Bryce Suzette Bulley Mrs. John E. Burke Mary Patricia Burns Mary Kay Mudd Bushonville Patsy Callahan Wendy Lynn Chronister Joan Colmar Jamie-Clare Colvin

Rachel De Marte Sandra Deromedi Kelly Dettmann Bonnie Deutsch Pamella Roland DeVos Ellen Distelheim

Kerrie Kennedy Wendy Kilcollin Alissa King Kathleen Klaeser Laura Kofoid Mrs. Frederick A.

Elizabeth Dunkel Ryan Maggie Scheyer Sarah Schrup Andréa J. Schwartz Liz Sharp Anne Shea

Jill Dodds Maia Dunkel JoNan Eastridge Christine Du Boulay Ellis Beth Engel Deborah Engle Shelley MacArthur Farley Lydia Fisher Katherine Fox Katherine E. Freiburger Astra Gamsjaeger Patricia H. Gerber Sue-Gray Goller Darcy E. Goldfarb, MD Donna Greenberg Stephanie Grinage Mrs. Marjorie E. Habermann Helen Hall Melchior* Mrs. Michael F. Harron Kathleen A. Henson Mrs. John W. Higgins Leslie S. Hindman Dana Hokin Garvey Courtney A. Hoffmann Mrs. David Hoffmann Sharon King Hoge Sherry Lea Holson Marci Holzer Brooke Hubbuch Melinda Jakovich Candace Collins Jordan Anne Kaplan Mrs. Brian Karaba Jackelyn Kastanis Elizabeth Ann Kasten Heidi Keeling

Krehbiel* Donna M. LaPietra Whitney Lasky Anne Lazar Dania Leemputte Leslie Logsdon Mary Keough Lyman Judith MacLeod Lisa Klimley Malkin Joan Malliband Traci Mansur Anita Mark Vida Marks Heather Martin Kristina McGrath Astrid A. McKinnon Amanda Merten Ms. Julianne Migely Patricia Miller Lucy Minor Anne Simon Moffat Brooks Morgan Linda Curtis O’Bannon, MD Christine Ott Mrs. Jay L. Owen, Jr. Mrs. John R. Pacholick Mary Ellen Pavone Judith Pierpont Ibby Pinsky Victoria Poindexter D. Elizabeth Price Rona Radler Hallie Blanchard Rehwaldt Emily Rubenstein Camille Kearns Rudy

Carolyn Sheridan Ms. Veronica Siegel Amelia Silva Mrs. Howard Silverman Mrs. Patricia Simpson Wright Marilyn Slattery Maria Smithburg Maureen Dwyer Smith Rita Spitz Dawn M. Stanislaw Constance Steinhaus Liz Stiffel Carol J. Stone Cheryl Tama Oblander Lauren D.W. Tatar Marina D.W. Tatar Melissa Trandel Yolanda Tyler Kathryn Vail Victoria C. Verity Mrs. John R. Walter Ann Waters Mrs. Thomas E. Wells IV Mary Agnes Welsh Pam Phillips Weston Kim White Diana Weiss Widman Joyce M. Wippman Leslie Zentner Julie Zuckerman As of November 11, 2016 *Honorary Life Member

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SUPPORTERS The Joffrey Ballet would like to extend thanks to those who provide us with funding that ensures quality and engaging experiences for a variety of audiences. The following is a list of those who made contributions in the amount of $300 or more between October 1, 2015 to October 15, 2016. Although space does not permit us to list all of our friends, we are grateful for the support from each and every one of our loyal donors. $500,000+ Alphawood Foundation Chicago Clear Channel Airports Fred Eychaner Margot and Josef Lakonishok The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa $100,000–$499,999 Abbott Fund Athletico Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Centers Mary Jo and Doug Basler BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois Rosemarie and Dean Buntrock Chicago Athletic Clubs Conagra Brands Dentons Sandy and Roger Deromedi Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation Sonia Florian Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. with BrickStreet Insurance Paul Galvin Memorial Foundation Trust Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company The Walter E. Heller Foundation JW Marriott Anne Kaplan Susan and Richard † Kiphart Marcus Lemonis and Beth Levine The Reva and David Logan Foundation NIB Foundation Polk Bros. Foundation Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University 34 | Joffrey Ballet 2016–2017 SEASON

Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill The Satter Foundation Bill and Orli Staley Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Tatar Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Townsend Mr. and Mrs. Joel V. Williamson Women's Board of The Joffrey Ballet $50,000–$99,999 Allstate Insurance Company BMO Wealth Management City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Patti Eylar and Charles Gardner The Julius N. Frankel Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David H. Hoffmann ITW George Jewell Nancy and Sanfred Koltun JHL Capital Group, LLC The Joyce Foundation The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation MacLean-Fogg Company The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. John Patience Sage Foundation The Shubert Foundation Ms. Rita Spitz and Mr. David Blears Wells Fargo $25,000–$49,999 Anonymous Abbott Laboratories Francis Beidler Foundation Marc and Sharen Berman The Boeing Company Marlene Breslow-Blitstein and Berle Blitstein The Brinson Foundation Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation The Chicago Community Trust Nelson D. Cornelius Trust The Crown Family Mr. and Mrs. Adam DeWitt Dr. Jill S. Dodds and Dr. Guriqbal Nandra Exelon Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Jill Garling and Thomas Wilson Harris Family Foundation Sherry Lea and Richard Holson III Illinois Arts Council Agency Kendra Scott

Karen Gray-Krehbiel and John Krehbiel, Jr. La Perla Fashions Michael and Jennifer Larsen Make It Better Media Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. Coco B. Meers and Ethan Meers Negaunee Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Prince Charitable Trusts Eric C. Schieber, M.D. Ms. Courtney C. Shea Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Smith, Jr. Stout Risius Ross, Inc. Pamela and Russ Strobel Walgreens Mr. and Mrs. Ronald V. Waters III Mr. and Mrs. Miles D. White Elizabeth Yntema and Mark Ferguson for the Ferguson-Yntema Family Trust $10,000–$24,999 Anonymous (2) Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Allen Ariel Investments, LLC Baxter International Inc. Meta S. and Ronald Berger Family Foundation Burberry Kay and Rhett Butler DeSantis Foundation Deborah and Cody Engle Mr. and Mrs. F. Conrad Fischer Nancy Follis Suzanne and Albert M. Friedman Dana Hokin Garvey and Robert Garvey Sabrina and Antonio Gracias GrubHub, Inc. Sherry and Michael Guthrie Sandi and Barry Hartstein Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP Hyatt Hotels Foundation Jenner & Block LLP Jerome Robbins Foundation and Trust JPMorgan Chase Brian and Yvette Karaba Dennis D. Kendzora Olivia Kittle and Brian Kittle Kovler Family Foundation Kryolan Professional Make-Up Julie and Guy Lakonishok Dr. Lynda Lane and Ben Lane-Korn Mr. and Mrs. Larry Langdon


SUPPORTERS $10,000–$24,999 (continued) Ms. Whitney Lasky and Mr. Jerry Lasky Latham & Watkins Mr. and Mrs. Zachary D. Lazar, Jr. Lefkofsky Family Foundation Jay Leibovitz Elizabeth Liebman Macy's Martha Melman and Rich Melman Lucy Minor Jane Ellen Murray Foundation Ann Nash and Tom Nash New York Choreographic Institute Alexandra Nichols and John D. Nichols The Northern Trust Company Nuveen Investments, Inc. D. Elizabeth Price and Lou Yecies Hallie Blanchard Rehwaldt and Thomas Rehwaldt John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Cari and Michael Sacks Judy A. Saslow Gallery Dr. Scholl Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Sharp U.S. Bank Foundation Pamela Phillips Weston and Roger L. Weston Diana and Stuart Widman William Blair & Co., LLC Amanda Williamson and Matthew Johnson Workiva Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Zentner $5,000–$9,999 Anonymous (2) Mr. and Mrs. William Adams IV Ada Addington and Whitney Addington Melissa Anton and John Anton Dr. Emily L. Arch Annie Atzeff and Kristopher Atzeff Nancy Gottlieb Bauer Luann Blowers and David Blowers Greg Cameron and Greg Thompson Mrs. Joyce Chelberg Michael Cragg Credit Suisse Christine Du Boulay Ellis Mr. and Mrs. William Farley Hattie A. and Marie V. Fatz Foundation

Tiffany Flannagan and Chip Flannagan Emily Follas Jay Franke and David Herro Katherine and Richard Freiburger Ethel and William Gofen The Marvin and Elaine Gottlieb Family Foundation Richard and Mary L. Gray Joan Hall The Irving Harris Foundation Janet W. and Robert A. Helman Mr. and Mrs. John T. Hildy Leslie Hindman John R. Halligan Charitable Fund Mary Ittelson Dennis and Kathleen Klaeser Dania Leemputte and Patrick Leemputte Luminarts Cultural Foundation Meir Lewis Robert R. McCormick Foundation Jess and Amanda Merten Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Nordstrom, Inc. Stephen Reiss and Rena Hozore Reiss Revel Global Events Tricia Rooney and Ross Shelleman Jeffrey C. Rubenstein Susan and David Ruder Carol Ann Saikhon Patricia Schmalzl and William Schmalzl Betty Seid and Richard Seid Mr. and Mrs. David Sensibar Kathryn Babcock Shaffer and Jack Shaffer Carolyn and Michael Sheridan Sidley Austin, LLP Lisa Silverberg and Jim Challenger The Siragusa Foundation Denise Littlefield Sobel Liz Stiffel Ben Strobel Cheryl Tama Oblander and Scott Oblander Jennifer Tengelsen and Erich Tengelsen Andrew Thorrens Mr. and Mrs. Jason J. Tyler Dia Weil and Edward Weil, Jr. Hilary and Barry Weinstein Tamar Weiss Mary Agnes Welsh Bryony and David Winn

Wrigley, A Subsidiary of Mars, Inc. $2,500–$4,999 Anonymous (3) Dora Aalbregtse and R. John Aalbregtse Terri and Alfred D'Ancona Bridgette, David, and Chloë Alexander Evelyn Alter Emily Strobel Amiet and Michael Amiet Mr. and Mrs. Brian W. Babcock, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Beidler III Kathryn Berti and Robert Berti Ms. Carolyn A. Blessing Bradford Allen Realty Service Mary Kay Mudd Bushonville and Art Bushonville Paul Chasnoff and Joe Hopper Wendy Lynn Chronister and Peter Rogers The Colmar Foundation Jamie-Clare and Nicholas Colvin Lawrence Corry Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly Maureen Dugan and John Dugan Elizabeth Duquette Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation Marilyn Fields and Larry Fields Christine Fisher and Paul Fisher Mimi Frankel and Bud Frankel Sue-Gray Goller Michelle and Larry Goodman Stephanie Grinage and Richard Grinage Mary Henderson and James Henderson Courtney A. Hoffmann and Sebastian Hoffmann Brooke Hubbuch and Nick Hubbuch Lauren Huefner Masahiro Kasai and William Myers Heidi and David Keeling Jeffrey Kerr Laura Kofoid and David Ricci Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett Jen Kurth and Brian Van Klompenberg Mr. and Mrs. Barry Litwin Leslie Logsdon and Duncan Bourne Colleen Loughlin and John Sirek Lisa Klimley Malkin and Cary J. Malkin 2016–2017 SEASON Joffrey Ballet | 35


SUPPORTERS $2,500–$4,999 (continued) Joan Malliband and David Malliband Elizabeth Marcus and Ira Belcove Heather Martin and Sean Martin Helen Hall Melchior John R. Menninger Pamela Meyer Ms. Julianne Migely Patricia Miller and Christopher Miller Prof. Keith and Anne Moffat Peggy Morris and Pat Morris Jazelle Morriss and Daniel L. Morriss Barbara and Jonathan Moss Alicia Mullen and Timothy Mullen Gerald T. Nowak, PC, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP Linda Curtis O'Bannon, MD Lee and Sharon Oberlander Thomas O'Keefe Susan G. Oleari Origin Ventures Virginia Owens and James Owens Kristie Paskvan Catherine Perez and William Perez Mary Plauche Victoria Poindexter and Joseph P. Gaynor III Carol Pollock Bonnie Price and Jack Hirsch Leticia Rodriguez-Marsico Mickey Rolfe Christine Ruttenberg and David Ruttenberg The Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Foundation Sarah Schrup Ms. Maggie Scheyer and Mr. Eric J. Scheyer Veronica Siegel Lynda Silverman and Howard Silverman Thomas G. Sinkovic Ms. Kathy Kalesperis Smith and Mr. Dion Grimes Smith Melissa and Chuck Smith Dawn Stanislaw Penelope Steiner and Robert Steiner Dr. Lauren Streicher and Mr. Jason Brett Tom Ford International Melissa Trandel Carol Trapp and James Trapp Richard and Noren Ungaretti Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Vail, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John R. Walter 36 | Joffrey Ballet 2016–2017 SEASON

Leslie Warner and Stephen Warner $1,500–$2,499 Anonymous (3) Greg Albiero Patty Perkins Andringa Raheela Anwar and M. Naveed Anwar Mr. and Mrs. Adam Aron Carey August and Brett August Ms. Evelyn Bosenberg Anthony Bruck Carolyn Bucksbaum Tamara Buday and Robert Buday Burke-Brunger Fund Of Horizons Foundation Suzette Bross Bulley and Allan E. Bulley III Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Callahan, Jr. Gerald Carter Marge and Lew Collens Pamela Conant Ray Coronado Bette Jane Crigger Pamela Crutchfield Dr. John Dainauskas Amina Dickerson and Julian Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Terence Donnelly Rees Donofrio and Joseph Donofrio Ms. Maia Dunkel Wendy Eager Dr. and Mrs. Anthony G. Finder Ellie Forman and Jeremy Forman Arthur Frank Darcy Goldfarb, MD Keith Goldstein and Rodney Goldstein Ann Gootee and James Gootee Anthony and Susan Grosch Shana Guthman and David Guthman Anastasia and Gary Gutting Christy Hand and Matthew Hand K. Susan Heintz Cynthia Helle and Dan Helle Jim Henry Mr. and Mrs. Michael Henson Mr. and Mrs. John W. Higgins Sarai Hoffman and Stephen Pratt Alan J. Hommerding and Robert K. Personett Myrna Kaplan Sherry Kaplan and Barry Kaplan Mr. and Mrs. William O. Kasten Marilyn Katz and Scott Chambers Wendy Kilcollin and T. Eric Kilcollin Roberta Killeen and Timothy Killeen

Polly Kintzel KPW Family Foundation Sarah Ladgenski and Derek Ladgenski Robin and Jack Lavin Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Lawson III Deej and Hunter Leggitt Alexandra Leichtman Sherren Leigh Dr. Richard E. Leithiser Dana Levinson and James Noonan Mia Levy and Paul Levy Beth Loeb Judy and John MacLeod Mr. and Mrs. E. Barry Mansur George Mariner and Michael Payette Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Marks Jean McCabe and Joseph Missbrenner James D. McDonough Astrid A. McKinnon and McKay McKinnon Lynne Mcnown Ken Norgan Mary Jane O'Connor Sharon Olson and Fred Fleischbein Christine Ott Mr. and Mrs. John R. Pacholick Beth Parin Mary Ellen Pavone, MD and Christopher Novak Kathleen Pipala and Michael Pipala Jennifer Pritzker Bluford Putnam Donald H. Ratner and Bruce A. Gober Jennifer Ross Barbara and Donald Ruhman Sahara Enterprises, Inc. Salamader Resort And Spa A. Sue Samuels Terry Schwartz Glenn Selander Anne Shonk Marilyn Slattery Gerard Smetana Patricia Smith Smithburg Family Foundation Ned Stebbins Jessica and Erik Steffensen Constance and Orin Steinhaus Patricia Sternberg Ms. Jocelyn M. Stoller Carol Stone and David Stone Dr. Steve Stryker Lauren D.W. Tatar and Scott Borstein


SUPPORTERS $1,500–$2,499 (continued) Nancy Timmers and Michael Timmers Courtney Thompson Dana Shepard Treister and Dr. Michael Roy Treister Lauren Vitale Debbie Wang and David Hoyt Karen and Richard Weiland Olga Weiss and George Honig Ashley Wheater and Brian Johnson Joyce M. Wippman $1,000–$1,499 Anonymous (2) Mr. and Mrs. Keene Harwood Addington III Amsted Industries Anderson-Barnicle Family Foundation Anne and Mark Bagan The Ann Barzel/Patrick Henry Arts Fund Sandra Bass Christopher Begy Anne Searle and Stephen Bent Bernstein Charitable Foundation Judy Block and Philip Block† Shaun Block and Andrew Block Virginia Bobins and Norman Bobins Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. L. Bogan, Jr. Robyn Bowland Bradbury Family Jeanne Brett Debbie Buckley Stephen Burns Carter Chinnis Michelle L. Collins Mrs. John C. Colman Corinne Corky and Larry Richman Theresa Corrao Chrissy Davis and Matt Davis Diana Widman Design Fine Jewelry Margaret Duncan Elisabeth Geraghty and Robert Geraghty Sue and Melvin Gray Tracy Hamilton and Jay Hamilton Patricia and O.J. Heestand Dennis Holtschneider

Marci and Ronald Holzer Zach Huesling and Jonathan Lehman Patricia Huffman and Robert Huffman Jewell Events Catering Melinda Jakovich and Lucien Lagrange Jackelyn Kastanis and Taki Kastanis Howard Kirschbaum Avril Klaff Patricia Koldyke and Martin Koldyke Susan Koltun and Thomas Koltun Lew and Laurie Leibowitz Peggy Lim and Yung Bong Lim Natalie Matwijiszyn Sue Mazzone and Don Mazzone Jo Ann McNaughton-Kade and Christopher Kade Lisa Mezzetti Julie Moller and Scott Moller Amy Morrison Mary Nixon and Ted Nixon Joanna Norcross Marcia Nowak and Gerald Nowak Mr. Jonathan F. Orser Ibby Pinsky and Milton Pinsky Sheila Pizer and Howard Pizer Madeleine Plonsker and Harvey Plonsker Richard and Charlene Posner Lisa and Seth Prostic Carol Roberts Lois Scott and David May Marcey Siegel and Kenneth Siegel Julia Simpson Craig Sirles Stearns Family Charitable Fund Ann-Marie Streibich and James Streibich Nathan Tannenbaum Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Todd Vieregg Kathleen Vondran and John Vondran John Walcher Susan Schaalman Youdovin and Charlie Shulkin William Ziemann Julie Zuckerman and Daniel Zuckerman

$750–$999 Anonymous (2) AVP Jewelry and Beads Jennifer Birmingham Marisa Bryce Ellen Carnahan and Bill Daniels Jenny Cizner Kelly Dettmann and Brian Dettmann Marjorie Habermann Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron The Holzer Family Foundation David Israel Diane Jacoby Elaine Jaharis and Steven Jaharis Alissa King and Thomas King Erica Kuhlmann Zach Leonard Magnolia Bakery Chicago Marion and Terry Martin Karen McEniry Donna Milanovich Lydia Ringwald Deborah Ross and Jeffrey Ross Maya Rubalcuba Jordan Scher Peggy Swartchild and James Swartchild The Neiman Marcus Group I.B. Weil and Thomas Weil Whole Foods Market $500–$749 Anonymous Sara Albrecht James Amend Diane Baj Christine Bakalar and John Bakalar Steven Bashwiner Carol Anne Been and Daniel Freedman Megan Bero Thomas Berry Heidy and Phil Best Bloomingdale's Cary Bomier and David Bomier Mrs. Walter F. Brissenden Amy Brock John Bross Suzanne Burns Dale Caridine Megan Cecil and C.W. Dilts Chicago Athletic Association Stephanie Chueh

James Clark and Christina Labate Enid Collins Elizabeth Cournoyer Laura Danforth Cathy Deutsch Paul DiSangro James Dornenburg Michelle Dufault and Steven Dufault Dorothy Ellesin-Janus and Christopher Janus Joel Farran Kathy Fergemann and Brian Fergemann Erica Fornari J. Victor Frandel Patricia Gentry Gigi New York Linda Glick and Robert Glick Amy and Michael Gordon Marc and Carol Gordon Wes Gordon Jack and Robin Graham Joel Guillory Joan and James Fencil Elleke Haggerty Patrick and Karen Heick Geoffrey and Adrianna Hewings Elzie Higginbottom and Deborah Higginbottom Don and Ky Hilliker Holzman Design LLC Rose Houston Charitable Foundation IBM International Foundation Ellen Israel and Rich Israel Nancy Jacobs Paul Judy Debbie Kelly Rachel Klein and Neil Klein Ms. Donna M. LaPietra and Mr. William Kurtis Scott Leibovitz Kathy Lipp and Roman Lipp Susan Loiacano Patricia Hickey Manz Anita Mark Jeanne Martinez and John Segreti Michael and Linda Mason Mr. and Mrs. Michael McGrath Barbara Moser and David Moser Meryl Lyn Moss and Charles Moss Drs. Marsha and Robert Mrtek

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SUPPORTERS $500–$749 (continued) Maggie and Michael Murzanski Ruth O'Brien and Stuart Rice Margaret O'Connor and Michael O'Meara Mr. and Mrs. Jay L. Owen, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Papuga Leland Hutchinson and Jean Perkins Alice Perry and Raymond Perry Mary Prescott Karine Provost Julie Pryor and A Keith Housman Kevin Ray Boyd Rice Christine Riker and Walter Riker Theresa Rolloff and William Rolloff Mr. and Mrs. Morton I. Rosen Adrianne Rotfeld and Steve Rotfeld Emily Rubenstein and Angel Rivera Floyd Rueger Linda Scheuplein Barbara Schultz Jennifer Seda Elizabeth Shepherd and Scott Kinsloe Julie Sherman Amelia Silva and Alejandro Silva Gena Siruno-Roden Mr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Struthers, Jr. Kartika Sujdak Cynthia Taylor and Gregory Taylor Joan Traynelis Robert Veasey Lynne Walton Paula Wise Susanne Woloson Amy Yi and Peter Yi Zapwater Communications Mr. and Mrs. Paul Zelisko $300–$499 Anonymous (2) Linda Abrahamson Derrick Agnoletti Fillomena Albee Margery Al-Chalabi and Suhail Al-Chalabi Lynn Arensman and Robert Arensman The Art Institute of Chicago Community Associates Kimberly Bartuch and Brian Bartuch Nancy Bergner Suzanne Bessette-Smith Marshall Blaise Blow Out Junkie 38 | Joffrey Ballet 2016–2017 SEASON

Andrea H. Bauer Jetta Boschen and Dallas Boschen Marie Bousfield and Aldridge Bousfield Holly Boyd and Thomas Boyd Jacqueline Brody Beth Sprecher Brooks Judy Bross and John Bross Sophia Bross Marion Cameron Linda Campbell Tom Cogan Ann Cole and Roger Cole Kim Dahlborn April Daly Virginia Demos Julia and Matt Doherty Gary Drescher Maria Dubycky and Roman Dubycky Lenore Duda Sandra Dumalski and Raymond Dumalski Adam Dunn Frank and Faith Dusek Amal Elahmady Thea Ellesin-Janus Mark Etzel Eugenia Kim Thelma Evans Dr. Robert A. Fajardo Adrienne and Robert Z. Feldstein Alison Finley Dr. W. Clinton Fisher and Lois Farrell Fisher Joan Flavin Mr. and Mrs. Jay R. Fried Sarah Frick Niki Gabrielson Astra Gamsjaeger Christine Geiger Virginia Gluckman Christina Gomez Anne Gottlieb Rebecca Graines Ginger Griffin Deborah Gubin Joyce Hasmonek Marsie R. Hass and Scott D. Hite Trudy Havens and Gary Neilson Odele and Brent Hawkins Florentino and Kelly Hernandez Joanna Horsnail Joyce Ibers and James Ibers Kathleen Ihrig and Glenn Ihrig Jamberry Nails Sarah and Michael Jacobs Gayle Jensen Pamela Johnson JPMorgan Chase Foundation Marissa Kalman and Gregg Kalman

Isabella and Alexandria Kasprisin Helen N. Kedo Gloria Kearney and Daniel Kearney Kelly Kerfin Sandiya Killion Mary Kimble Sanja Kirovski Drs. Kristi Kirschner and Raymond Curry Tina Koegel and Ron Koegel Brittany Kottler Wendy Krimins John Kurtz and Gerry Salvacion Lana Jewelry Barbara Lancaster Janet Lang Anne Laumont Alison Leff Karen Lo Ann Logue and Rik Lantz Dr. and Mrs. Andrew O. Lewicky Sarah Lombardi Persephone Ma Sandra Mangurian Stephanie Marshall Marissa Martin Laura Martinez and Andrew Martinez Thomas McCaffer Judy McCarter Meredith Mitchell Sanford Moltz Beverly Mook and Wallace Mook Brooks Morgan and Mr. Howard C. Morgan Dr. and Mrs. David D. Morimoto Steven Morris Suzanne Muchin and David Brown Carol Mullins and Steve Mullins Eileen M. Murray Bradley Nelson Pixie Newman Elaine Newquist Shawna Hanson Norsman One Two Lash Rebekah Parker Joseph Paszczyk Jenny Patinkin Sharon Perazzoli and Paul Perazzoli Craig Peterson Mr. and Mrs. James W. Pierpont Razan Prassas and Stephen Prassas Laura I. Puente Ravinia Festival Association Nicole Reifman Thomas Roberts

Florence Ann Romano Linda Rosenson and Harold Rosenson Camille Kearns Rudy and Robert M. Rudy Laura Sage Constance Sampson Patricia Sayre Jenna Schlageter Doug Schmidt Patricia Schnadig and Richard Schnadig Meaghan Schneider Jana Schreuder and Eric Schreuder Mr. and Mrs. Larry Selander Mary Shea and Charles Shea Elisa Shlofrock-Zusman Melissa Skoog Drs. April and Frank Smith Brittany Smith The Solberg Family Rodd Specketer Linda Stein Bruce Stevens Joanne Storm Laurene Szkatulski Joani Tarsitano Michael Tiknis TMF Tours and Travel Anita Tyson Danny Valles James Van Metre Arlene Wagner and Albert Wagner Andrea Wald Emily Wall Cliff Wallach Annie Wallis and Tom Whitehead Ceta Walters Ann M. Warren Sherry Weiss and Albert Weiss Barbara H. West Barbara Whitney Elizabeth Wippman and Tom Wippman Linda Wise Joan Zajtchuk and Russ Zajtchuk RUDOLF NUREYEV FUND AT THE JOFFREY BALLET The Joffrey shares Rudolf Nureyev’s commitment to storytelling, through great works of the past and compelling new works of today. We gratefully recognize the donors listed below for their gifts and pledges to the Rudolf Nureyev Fund for the creation, production and performance of full length story ballets.


SUPPORTERS DON QUIXOTE Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation Sonia Florian Susan and Richard† Kiphart Nancy and Sanfred Koltun NIB Foundation Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation SLEEPING BEAUTY Marc and Sharen Berman Stephen Reiss and Rena Hozore Reiss Pamela and Russ Strobel GISELLE Mary Jo and Doug Basler Sandy and Roger Deromedi Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Holson III Jane Ellen Murray Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joel V. Williamson LES SYLPHIDES Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Allen Carolyn A. Blessing Torrence Boone and Ted Chapin Robyn Bowland Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP Greg Cameron and Greg Thompson Paul Chasnoff and Joe Hopper Dillon Foundation Mrs. Christine Du Boulay Ellis Deborah G. Engle Mr. and Mrs. William Farley Mr. and Mrs. F. Conrad Fischer Chip and Tiffany Flannagan Dana Hokin Garvey and Robert Garvey Sarai Hoffman and Stephen Pratt Una C. Jackman Brian Johnson and Ashley Wheater Anne Kaplan Julie and Guy Lakonishok Mr. and Mrs. Zachary D. Lazar, Jr. Stanley and Lucy Lopata Charitable Foundation Judy and John MacLeod Coco and Ethan Meers Jess and Amanda Merten Barbara and Jonathan Moss Thomas J. O’Keefe

Victoria Poindexter and Joseph Gaynor Carol G. Pollock Jeffrey C. Rubenstein Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill Dr. Eric C. Schieber Terry Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Sharp Courtney C. Shea Ms. Rita Spitz and Mr. David Blears Dawn Stanislaw Jeanette Stevens Dr. and Mrs. Arnold M. Tatar Courtney A. Thompson Townsend Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Warner Olga Weiss and George Honig Amanda Williamson and Matthew Johnson Susan Schaalman Youdovin and Charlie Shulkin William Ziemann ROMEO & JULIET Patty Perkins Andringa Victor Cassidy and Donna Hapac Ms. Jamie-Clare Colvin and Mr. Nicholas Colvin DeVries Fine Arts International Inc. Julia R. Doherty Dr. and Mrs. Alan G. Harris Kathleen and Mark Hechinger Mr. and Mrs. Barry Litwin James D. McDonough Wendy Nicholson Cheryl Tama Oblander and Scott Oblander Ruth O’Brien and Stuart Rice Dana Shepard Treister and Dr. Michael Roy Treister Sallie Wilson Elizabeth Yntema and Mark Ferguson Simone Zurawski As of August 31, 2016 THE JOFFREY BALLET STAR SOCIETY The Joffrey Ballet Star Society recognizes those individuals who have invested in the future of The Joffrey Ballet through a planned gift. We wish to thank the following for their commitment to our legacy.

Mr. and Mrs. Brian W. Babcock Mr. D. Jeffrey Baddeley Christine Du Boulay Ellis Dr. and Mrs. David L. Faulk Patricia H. Gerber Michael Goldberger Sue-Gray Goller Barbara and John Henigbaum Marci and Ronald Holzer Paul Chasnoff and Joe Hopper Ms. Darlene Johnson Mr. Stuart Kane Ms. Linda Levey Mr. John McAllister Prof. Keith and Anne Moffat Drs. Bill and Elaine Moor Jane Ellen Murray Mr. Jonathan F. Orser Constance and Orin Steinhaus Elisabeth Wilcox Szegho Ms. Marilyn J. Ward Diana and Stuart Widman Andrea and Rich Winship Mrs. Anna Mary Zarrelli TRIBUTE GIFTS Contributions were made to celebrate the following individuals between August 1, 2015 and October 1, 2016. The Joffrey Ballet thanks the donors for their generosity. IN HONOR OF Annonymous (3) Yoshihisa Arai Annie Atzeff Brett Batterson Christina Bourne Greg Cameron Dale Cherry Howard Clauser Joan Colmar Jamie-Clare Colvin April Daly Abbey DeWitt Adam DeWitt Chase DeWitt Maya DeWitt Merritt DeWitt J. Elise Edwards Ms. Ann Eylar Patti Eylar Lorna Ferguson Taylor Fikes Charlie Gardner Sue-Gray Goller Sandi Hartstein Sarai Hoffman Jacqueline Jaffe Brian Johnson

Yvette Karaba Cindy A. Kronman Erin and Peter Lane Zach Lazar Barry Litwin Julie and Guy Lakonishok Helen Melchior Camille Rudy Jeff Rubenstein Courtney Shea Ross Shelleman Liz Sharp Scott Speck Gayle R. Tama Marina Tatar Olga Thorrens Ashley Wheater Joel and Cheryle Williamson Darrell Windle Liza Yntema IN MEMORY OF Robert Albee Muriel Auerbach Donna Bast Saul Gerber Joyce Leonardi Brenda Sollitt Walter F. Tama Dick Wippman Pera Wirzup JOFFREY AUXILIARY BOARD GOVERNING COUNCIL 2016–2017 Emily Strobel Amiet Carolyn Blessing Co-chairs Michael Amiet Lauren Huefner Jaqueline Lentz Sarah Lombardi Rees Mason Natalie Matwijiszyn Dan Patton John P. Walcher

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DONORS Donors from October 1, 2015 through October 31, 2016. If you have questions or concerns, please call 312.341.2364. $100,000+ The Baryl Family Thomas Baryl Efroymson Family Fund Sonia Florian MacArthur Foundation Linda and Jim Mitchell NIB Foundation Pasquinelli Family Foundation Maria Pasquinelli Denise Littlefield Sobel $50,000–$99,999 Patti Eylar and Charlie Gardner $25,000–$49,999 Allstate Insurance Company The Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation Virginia and Norm Bobins Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Family Foundation Joyce Chelberg Marsha and Philip Dowd The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust Exelon Henry Crown & Family Anne L. Kaplan Polk Bros. Foundation The PrivateBank The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation Caryn and Jerry Skurnick Jill and John Svoboda Dia S. and Edward S. Weil, Jr. $10,000–$24,999 Kathleen and Nicholas Amatangelo Bruce Bachmann Scott Bauer Sidney* and Sondra Berman Epstein Geneva and Robert Calloway Marge* and Lew Collens The Colmar Foundation Deborah and Bruce Crown Richard Helldobler, PhD. and Robbie Brown David Hiller Illinois Arts Council Agency Katten Muchin Rosenman Foundation, Inc. Renee and Mel Katten Lauri S. Bauer Foundation Diane v.S. and Robert M. Levy Phil Lumpkin Suzanne Martin and Hart Wiechselbaum Helen Hall Melchior Ann and Tom Nash New England Foundation for the Arts McGhee and Frantz Osse Rivers Casino Dave Samber and Darrell Windle Theatrical Stage Employees Union Local 2 Sue and Bob Wieseneck 40 | Joffrey Ballet 2016–2017 SEASON

$5,000–$9,999 A. Montgomery Ward Foundation Arts Midwest Touring Fund Maria Bechily and Scott Hodes J. Kamala Buckner The Chicago Community Foundation Dr. Guy and Gisela Di Spigno Shelley and William Farley Mary B. Galvin Jody and Stephen Griffitts Sherry and Mike Guthrie Marguerite D. Hark Harrison & Held LLP Suzan and Robert Held David Herro and Jay Franke John R. Halligan Charitable Fund Sidney Kerley Janet and Thomas Leopold McDonald's Corporation Pamela G. Meyer Morgan Stanley and Co., Inc. Northeastern Illinois University Linda C. O'Bannon Jack and Carole Sandner — CME Group Nancy and Sy Taxman Taxman Family Foundation Tetra Tech $2,500–$4,999 Barbara Bluhm-Kaul Foundation Barbara Bluhm-Kaul and Donald Kaul John P. Brazzale Tammy and Rob Campbell Chicago Cabaret Professionals Crowe Horwath LLP Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly The Grainger Foundation Robert Judelson Karen and Matthew Kaplan KlearSky D. Elizabeth Price Roosevelt University Lynda and Noah Shlaes Ginnee Tallman and Bill Ziemann Karen and Ed Weil, III $1,000–$2,499 Julianne and John Allerson Doug Balsam Floy and Lee Barthel Marjilee and Robert Blackwell, Sr. Linda and Eric Boasmond Timothy Boyle Douglas Bragan Madeleine and Tom Burrell Barbara Clayton Gwendolyn Cohen The Collins Charitable Fund Pamela Crutchfield Terri and Alfred D'Ancona C.J. Dillon and Steve Clements DiMeo Schneider & Associates Elissa Efroymson and Adnaan Hamid

Lois and Stephen J. Eisen Shirley Evans-Wofford Joan and Robert Feitler Pam and Stephen Fitzell Fran and Henry Fogel Virginia and Peter Foreman Franzcek Radelet, P.C. Madeleine and Joseph Glossberg Larry Glowczewski Edith and Don Graham Debbi and Craig A. Griffith Patricia Harris Rose Houston Ivanhoe Theater Foundation Jennifer Jackson Nancy and Frank Karger, Jr. Margie Korshak and Charles H. Goodman Sally and Jonathan Kovler Janet A. Lang Leah Laurie Anne and Alan Lerner Jessica and Torjus Lundevall M & J Kennelly Foundation Kevin McGirr Elizabeth and Matthew McNicholas Carolyn Meyer and Michael Prussian MGLM Architects James Miller Lucy Minor Catherine and Leo Miserendino Tina and Raymond Nihlean Thomas O'Keefe Grayce Papp Patricia and Ken Pell Clark Pellett and Robert Kohl Lorna and Ellard Pfaelzer Margaret and Dave Radelet Nancy and Ben Randall Geri and Ron Redd Carol Roberts Mary and Charles Rubens, II Amy and Michael Rubin Dani and Peter Rusnak Dona and Sam Scott Glenn Selander Dr. Ken Shanoff and Stephen Young John B. Simon Sirius Fund Sofia Solomon Pamela and Russ Strobel Peggy and James Swartchild, Jr. Denise Tomasello Dana Shepard Treister and Dr. Michael Roy Treister Nancy and Steven Tumen Variety — The Children's Charity Anne Voshel Patty and Dan Walsh Elizabeth and Daniel E. Weil I.B. and Tom Weil Robert Weil Jane Wells and Burt Ferrini Nike B. Whitcomb and James McKechnie* Sally and Shepherd Young *Our friends remembered


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADMINISTRATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE STAFF

PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS

The Honorable Rahm Emanuel Mayor of Chicago Honorary Chairman, Board of Directors

Tania Castroverde Moskalenko Chief Executive Officer Judie Moore Green Chief Development Officer Colleen Flanigan Chief Marketing Officer C.J. Dillon Chief Operating Officer Michael Bauman Interim Chief Financial Officer

Stephen Sell Director of Production & Facilities Beth Kaskel Director of Operations Noé Villagómez, Jr. Front of House Manager Mary Mazza Box Office Treasurer Scott Zissman Assistant Box Office Treasurer Annie Slaughter Patron Services Coordinator Ashley Young Event Coordinator Kam Hobbs Operations and Production Associate Sharon Butler Patron Services Carl Ward Assistant House Manager Steven Olvera Assistant Concession Manager Tim Steimle Carpenter Robert Patterson Properties Pat Donahue, Jr. Electrician Brad Friebolin Audio Engineer Bill Karcz Flyman Dale Kuypers Volunteer Usher Coordinator Frank Romeo Custodial Foreman Emeritus Marie A. Cali Theatre Manager Emeritus Bart Swindall Historian

Charles R. Gardner Chairman, Board of Directors Norman R. Bobins | Vice-Chair John Svoboda | Vice-Chair Bruce Crown | Treasurer Ann Nash | Secretary Nicholas S. Amatangelo Bruce R. Bachmann Thomas R. Baryl Lew Collens Joan Colmar Henry Fogel Robert Held Richard Helldobler Mel Katten, Chair Emeritus John R. Kaufman Sidney Kerley Phil Lumpkin Tangella Maddox Ali Malekzadeh Suzanne Martin Helen Hall Melchior Maria L. Pasquinelli Denise Littlefield Sobel Seymour Taxman Edward S. Weil, Jr. Robert L. Wieseneck EMERITUS DIRECTORS

Sondra Berman Epstein David D. Hiller Kenneth L. Tucker

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Denise Cosman Senior Director of Accounting Cynthia Darling Director of Accounting Kathy Bliss Assistant to CEO/Board Liaison DEVELOPMENT

Kathryn TeBordo Associate Director of Institutional Giving Kelly Saroff Associate Director of Individual Giving Raechel Hofsteadter Development Associate MARKETING AND SALES

Nicole Wetzell Director of Sales Lily Oberman Associate Director of Communications Lisa Klier Marketing Manager Melissa Lindow Sales Manager Luke Bandoske Digital Content Associate Caitlin Cash Christopher Dorsey Julian Otis Ticket Sales Representatives CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT

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NUTCRACKER

BELIEVERS

The Nutcracker is, at its heart, a story of discovery and transformation. At The Joffrey Ballet, we choose to tell stories like The Nutcracker because we believe that stories connect us to our humanity and bring us closer together. Over 100 people and organizations have chosen to believe with us, and have contributed financially to make this production of The Nutcracker possible. As we express our gratitude for their support, we would like to tell you more about a few of them. Margot and Josef Lakonishok. Photo by Dan Rest.

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PRODUCING SPONSOR MARGOT AND JOSEF LAKONISHOK Margot and Josef Lakonishok became "believers" on a sunny day in Brooklyn at the studio of Julian Crouch, the scenic and costume designer for The Joffrey Ballet's new Nutcracker. Julian Crouch. Photo courtesy of The Joffrey Ballet.

Margot and Josef Lakonishok. Photo by Dan Rest.

The studio was alive with magical creatures, artistic leadership that has cemented fantastic masks, and puppets of all sizes our family’s commitment to the Joffrey." and shapes lining the walls and inhabiting Their son, Guy Lakonishok, serves on the the rafters in the ceiling. Margot’s eyes Joffrey’s Board of Directors. lit up and she began asking detailed questions. Shortly thereafter, Josef asked "As a family, we invest in the arts how they could help bring The Nutcracker because it is necessary. These great arts to Chicago’s stage. organizations tell powerful stories and bring so much to our community. The The CEO of LSV Asset Management, Symphony, the Opera, the Ballet — have Josef Lakonishok is a Trustee of the always been made possible through Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera of patronage. We feel a responsibility to do Chicago, where he and Margot have what we can to secure the future of the underwritten numerous productions. At performing arts in Chicago.” the Joffrey, the couple has supported full— Josef Lakonishok length story ballets through a major gift to the Rudolf Nureyev Fund and sponsorships The Joffrey Ballet extends tremendous of Cinderella, Sylvia, Swan Lake, and gratitude to Margot, Josef, and the entire La Bayadère. Margot said, “Christopher Lakonishok Family. Wheeldon’s creativity inspired our gift for The Nutcracker but it is Ashley Wheater’s 2016–2017 SEASON Joffrey Ballet | 45


PRODUCING SPONSOR THE SEARLE FUNDS AT THE CHICAGO COMMUNITY TRUST

Joffrey Children's Cast. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

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For decades, the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and the Searle family have made a tremendous impact on the cultural landscape in and around Chicago. Children and families from all over the region have benefitted from contributions made to world-class museums, civic organizations, and universities. “We are so pleased to extend our support to another great Chicago institution. Through performance and education programming, the Joffrey’s new production of The Nutcracker will impact thousands of young people, inspiring their creativity and encouraging them to see the world as a place of possibilities,” says Karie Thomson, Searle Family Consultant to the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

Joffrey Children's Cast. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

This leadership gift to support the new Nutcracker demonstrates the collective power of philanthropy to affect change and make Chicago a better place to live, work, learn, play, and dance. The Joffrey Ballet is honored and grateful for this generous support.

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PRODUCING SPONSOR HANCHER AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

For more than forty years Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa has encouraged and supported The Joffrey Ballet by commissioning new works, providing much sought-after rehearsal space, and the financial resources to build the organization into the world-class company it is today. On December 10, 1987 Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker premiered on stage at Hancher Auditorium thanks to the generosity of the Iowa City community. Twenty-nine years later the Joffrey’s extended family in Iowa has made possible another world premiere Nutcracker by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Hancher’s Executive Director Chuck Swanson has witnessed the Joffrey’s growth from a touring company who first performed in

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Iowa City in 1974 to a sustainable, relevant, and critically acclaimed dance organization with roots firmly planted in Chicago. “The Joffrey has always been on the cutting edge of dance. We are delighted to have played a role in the creation of new works for this quintessentially American ballet company and know that this new Nutcracker will further Ashley Wheater’s artistic vision by showing today’s audiences how a story can be told through dance in the 21st Century,” — Chuck Swanson The Joffrey thanks Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa for their sustained partnership and generosity.


Christopher Wheeldon, April Daly, and Fabrice Calmels. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

Special thanks to members of the Hancher Auditorium community for their support of The Joffrey Ballet and Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker • Sue Strauss • Richard and Mary Jo Stanley • Anonymous Family Foundation • Leonard and Marlene Hadley • Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson • Douglas and Linda Paul • Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund • OPN Architects, Inc. • Iowa House Hotel 2016–2017 SEASON Joffrey Ballet | 49


NUTCRACKER SPONSORS SANDY AND ROGER DEROMEDI The Joffrey Ballet is often called the "Company of Firsts," and Sandy and Roger Deromedi earned a similar premier distinction in May 2014 when they were the first donors to commit a leadership gift for the commission of a new Nutcracker for the Joffrey. Roger, a Joffrey Board Director since 2007 and Chairman of Pinnacle Foods, has been a thought leader in the Joffrey's branding, marketing, and sales evolution. Sandy and Roger recognized early on that The Nutcracker was vital to the Joffrey's fiscal health, and they were delighted to kick-off the fundraising for a new production by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. “Giving to The Nutcracker not only satisfies our love of dance but also helps ensure the Joffrey's future as a sustainable and relevant ballet company.” MARY JO AND DOUG BASLER When Mary Jo Basler first read the story Brian Selznick and Christopher Wheeldon dreamed of telling on stage through movement and music she knew that the Basler and Masterson Families needed to be a part of the Joffrey's reimagined Nutcracker. "As the daughter of an immigrant who grew up in Chicago surrounded by relatives, friends, and neighbors — an extended family of sorts — I felt a profound connection to this story and know many others will feel the same." Mary Jo, a Joffrey Director, has committed her life to bringing people together to make Chicago a better place to live, work, learn, and play. The Joffrey Ballet gratefully acknowledges the Basler Family for giving so generously their time, talent, and treasure.

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PAMELLA ROLAND DEVOS AND DANIEL DEVOS Pamella Roland DeVos, fashion designer, philanthropist, and Joffrey Director, fell in love with dance when she was a young girl in Western Michigan. Together with her husband Dan, they have supported organizations all over the country, providing the resources for artists to create, perform, and entertain. Pamella and Dan decided to support the commission of a new Nutcracker because of the opportunities it would give to the young artists in the Joffrey Academy of Dance and Company. Pamella says she and Dan "are proud to support Ashley's artistic vision for the Joffrey because we know he cares about the art form and the artists as much as we do." The Joffrey salutes the DeVos Family for their generous support. ROSEMARIE AND DEAN BUNTROCK Rosemarie, a former Joffrey Director, and Dean have enthusiastically supported the Joffrey for over twenty years. When they learned there would be a new Nutcracker based in Chicago at the time of the 1893 World’s Fair and that Christopher Wheeldon would lead the creative team, Rosemarie and Dean knew they wanted to be a part of this special gift to Chicago. Dean, retired Chairman and CEO of Waste Management, Inc., commented “Chicago is a world-class city and it deserves a worldclass dance company. The Joffrey has helped to put Chicago on the map as a cultural destination. We applaud Greg Cameron and Ashley Wheater for their leadership.” SONIA FLORIAN Sonia Florian’s love of the performing arts is broad and deep. Ashley Wheater (pictured here with Sonia) marvels, “Sonia will travel far and wide to see dance, opera, and theater — she is one of the most fluent arts patrons I have ever met because she makes a point to see almost everything.” Sonia, a Joffrey Director since 2005, has attended and supported the Joffrey for years and thanks to her generosity each season, the company has developed into a world-class organization with extraordinary talent from fourteen countries. The Joffrey Ballet is immensely grateful for Sonia’s gift to support the new Nutcracker — a production created to highlight the athleticism and musicality of the Joffrey dancers, and to introduce the next generation of audience members to the beauty of the performing arts. 2016–2017 SEASON Joffrey Ballet | 51


NUTCRACKER SPONSORS BILL AND ORLI STALEY Orli and Bill Staley knew that Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker was going to be special before a step of choreography was created. As longtime Joffrey subscribers and production sponsors (including Infra, Crossing Ashland, Maninyas, and The Miraculous Mandarin), they traveled to New York to see Wheeldon’s An American in Paris on Broadway and returned inspired to make a gift to support the commission. Orli shared, “The Joffrey’s productions are thrilling. I am taken to another place, totally swept up in the movement and music. We are happy to support the new Nutcracker so that others can experience that magical feeling.” The Joffrey salutes the Staley’s sustained enthusiasm and generous support. THE WALTER E. HELLER FOUNDATION The Walter E. Heller Foundation has been a consummate patron of arts and culture in the City of Chicago, making gifts to support artists in every discipline. When M. Catherine Ryan, the Foundation’s President, learned of the plans to create a Nutcracker for Chicago’s families she was pleased to advocate for it: “like the Foundation, the Joffrey has embraced the Chicago community and is constantly striving to move the art form and the city forward. The Walter E. Heller Foundation’s gift to support The Nutcracker is a gift to the people of Chicago, in loving memory of Alyce H. DeCosta" (pictured at left).

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BRUCE SAGAN AND BETTE CERF HILL Bruce Sagan, Owner and Publisher of the Hyde Park Herald, has said “The Joffrey has been one of my great loves since we first presented them at the Harper Theater in Hyde Park in 1965, and it is a thrill to see how much the company has grown over the past decade under Ashley's artistic leadership.” The Joffrey is grateful to Bruce not only for his capstone gift which completed a two-year fundraising campaign totaling $4,000,000 for the new Nutcracker, but for his many years of dedicated leadership as a Joffrey Board Director. WOMEN'S BOARD OF THE JOFFREY BALLET Costumes for ballet require an intuitive understanding of movement and balance, and preserving their functionality has been a pressing concern for the civic leaders on the Women’s Board of The Joffrey Ballet. To safeguard the visual longevity of the production, they have collectively supported the “Women’s Board Nutcracker Costume Initiative” to maintain, clean, and repair the nearly 250 costumes for their lifetime. Patti Eylar, Women’s Board President, can attest to the power of a welldesigned costume, “all dancers have active relationships, strong ideas, and long memories about what they wear. The incredible construction and breathtaking beauty of a costume is significant.” The Joffrey is thrilled the Women’s Board collectively recognizes and supports the beauty in the small details. AUDITORIUM THEATRE OF ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker celebrates the history of Chicago and as one of the city’s cultural treasures, the Auditorium Theatre, with its stunning architecture and own storied history, is perfectly suited to host this highly anticipated world premiere. Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, innovators in architecture, created a magnificent theater for the people of Chicago. The Joffrey Ballet is thankful to the Auditorium Theatre for continuing their legacy of innovation by making a generous gift to support the creation of a new Nutcracker, a story about and for the people of Chicago.

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NUTCRACKER CORPORATE SPONSORS

BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD OF ILLINOIS Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is committed to the health and well-being of children and families across the state. Through its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative, BCBSIL supports programming in the areas of safe environments, nutrition, physical activity, and disease prevention and management. As part of this initiative, BCBSIL is pleased to support providing access to performing arts and arts education as studies have demonstrated the physical and mental well-being benefits of participation and exposure to performing arts. Joel Farran, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Relations, shared "The Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker will be a first experience with ballet for many children and families. For our company to have a part in opening up a new world of artistic expression while supporting educational programming in the schools is a great privilege." The Joffrey shares BCBSIL's commitment to making Chicago and beyond a better place.

ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER & CO. AND BRICKSTREET INSURANCE Creating a new and reimagined production like The Nutcracker takes a stellar artistic and production team. The Joffrey is grateful to have Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and BrickStreet Insurance, companies that understand the importance of taking good care of employees, as sponsors. Patrick M. Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Midwest Region of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., shared, “We are proud to celebrate and promote the strength and excellence of the Joffrey, an artistic leader in the Chicago community.” The Joffrey Ballet thanks Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and BrickStreet Insurance for sharing our passion for teamwork, quality, and innovation.

The Joffrey Ballet is grateful to the following donors for their gifts in support of Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker. This project is partially supported by IncentOvate grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

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CONAGRA BRANDS Conagra Brands is transforming its business by modernizing its iconic food brands, leveraging fresh opportunities, and adapting to a changing landscape — driven in part by the focused, innovative culture of the company's new Chicago headquarters. Robert J. Rizzo, Conagra Brands Senior Director of Community Investment, said “Conagra Brands appreciates the bold approach that The Joffrey Ballet is taking in completely reimagining the Nutcracker. We congratulate the Joffrey for tackling this project and for commissioning new choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, fostering an impressive and innovative design team and setting it firmly in Chicago at the construction of the 1893 World’s Fair.” The Joffrey is pleased to welcome Conagra Brands to the neighborhood tapestry and applauds its support of Chicago’s strong and vibrant cultural community.

Additional support provided by The Ann Barzel & Patrick Henry Arts Fund Francis Beidler Foundation Meta S. and Ronald Berger Family Foundation with Rebecca and Jonathan Berger Joyce and Bruce Chelberg Terri and Alfred D’Ancona Mr. and Mrs. Adam DeWitt

Dr. Jill S. Dodds and Dr. Guriqbal Nandra Patti S. Eylar and Charles R. Gardner Ethel and William Gofen Suzanne and Albert M. Friedman Jill Garling and Thomas Wilson Sabrina and Antonio Gracias Harris Family Foundation

GUARANTEE TRUST LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY Rick Holson follows his grandfather and father as the third Holson to serve as President and Chairman of Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company — an 80-year-old Chicago-based company. The key to the company’s success, Holson says, “It’s all about people…somethings are just not that complicated once you get the right people in the right spot.” Rick, a Joffrey Director, and his wife Sherry shared they “feel most fortunate to have been introduced to the Joffrey just as talent, passion, and leadership have converged to create something very special.” Guarantee Trust Life’s gift to support the creation of a new Nutcracker is a source of pride for its employees. Holson added, “we all feel fortunate that the company is in a position to support such a great cultural institution in our city. This Nutcracker is for everyone.”

Sandi and Barry Hartstein Mr. and Mrs. David H. Hoffmann Mary Ittelson Nancy and Sanfred Koltun Make It Better Media Coco B. Meers and Ethan Meers Martha and Rich Melman Ann and Tom Nash National Endowment for the Arts

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ADMINISTRATION

ASHLEY WHEATER Artistic Director

GREG CAMERON Executive Director

ARTISTIC Gerard Charles Director of Artistic Operations/ Ballet Master

Katherine Selig Principal Stage Manager Amanda Heuermann Stage Manager

FINANCE & OPERATIONS Kathleen Hechinger Deputy Director & Chief Financial Officer

Nicolas Blanc Ballet Master/Principal Coach

Ellie Cotey Head of Wardrobe

Aaron Glynn Database Analyst

Adam Blyde Suzanne Lopez Ballet Masters

Gregg Benkovich First Assistant/Shoe Manager

Paul Key Director of Technology

Kate Shattock Second Assistant

John Kurtz Director of Facility Operations

Debra Schoell Lead Stitcher

Lakesha Kuye Senior Accountant

Barbara Luchsinger Stitcher

Terry McDonough Controller

Daria Wright Head of Hair & Make-up

Christine O’Brien Board Manager & Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

ACADEMY Karine Provost Academy Director Raymond Rodriguez Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program Karin Ellis-Wentz Head of Pre-Professional Program Sally Braybrooks Academy Associate and Social Media Coordinator

Erin Tinsley Head Electrician Steven Lange Head Carpenter

Allie Deaver-Petchenik Administrative Assistant

Gregg Moeller Properties Head

Bridget Holmes Communications Coordinator

George Paulin Sound Engineer

Sarah Mazzulla Student Services Administrator

Marybeth Cave Assistant Electrician

Cara Scrementi Academy Production Manager

Joe Principe Flyman

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Erica Lynette Edwards Director of Community Engagement

DEVELOPMENT Sarai Hoffman Chief Development Officer

Elizabeth Salmonowicz Community Engagement Manager Michael Smith, Evelyn Sanchez, Linda Swayze Community Engagement Program Coordinators COMPANY ADMINISTRATION & PRODUCTION Claude Binder Director of Production Blair Baldwin Company Manager Erin Brown Artistic & Production Administrative Assistant

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Rose Dillon Development Associate Julia Doherty Director of Major Gifts Vince Firpo Associate Director of Donor Relations Jerry Ochoa Assistant Director of Individual Giving Chelsea Robinson Manager of Events Petrina Suiter Assistant Director of Institutional Giving Courtney Tan Women’s Board Coordinator

Alison Plott Development and Finance Administrative Assistant Amy Wicklund Director of Human Resources Erin Winkler Payroll & Accounts Payable Coordinator MARKETING Brian Smith Chief Marketing Officer Colene Byrd Director of Sales & Patron Services Vicki Crain Marketing Manager Sarah Fiala Marketing Director Casey Peek Patron Services & Marketing Associate Kyle Cornell, Allison Diamond, Fernando Fernandez, Alisa Philips Patron Services Associates MUSIC Scott Speck Music Director Grace Kim Matthew Long Company Pianists Paul James Lewis Senior Pianist/Music Administrator Kirk Muspratt Cover Conductor


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THE OFFICIAL ORCHESTRA OF THE JOFFREY BALLET THE NUTCRACKER SCOTT SPECK Artistic Director JAMES BERKENSTOCK Artistic Advisor THOMAS MANNING Board Chairman DONNA MILANOVICH Executive Director VIOLIN David Perry Concertmaster (12/10–12/22) Robert Hanford Concertmaster (12/23–12/30) Mathias Tacke Principal Second Violin Stephen Boe Jennifer Cappelli Injoo Choi Daniela Folker Sheila Hanford Carmen Kassinger David Katz Rika Seko Florentina Ramniceanu Paul Vandewerf VIOLA Sally Chisholm Principal Daniel Golden Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff Benton Wedge CELLO Judy Stone Principal Margaret Daly Andrew Snow

BASS John Floeter Principal

TROMBONE Reed Capshaw Principal

Timothy Shaffer

BASS TROMBONE Mark Fry

FLUTE Janice MacDonald Principal Jennifer Clippert Karin Ursin PICCOLO Karin Ursin OBOE Anne Bach Principal Erica Anderson ENGLISH HORN Erica Anderson CLARINET Sergey Gutorov Principal Gene Collerd

PERCUSSION Michael Folker Principal Joel Cohen HARP Benjamin Melsky Principal CELESTA Paul James Lewis MUSIC LIBRARIAN Paul Beck PERSONNEL MANAGER Terrell Pierce

BASS CLARINET Gene Collerd BASSOON John Gaudette Principal Matthew Hogan HORN Gregory Flint Principal Melanie Cottle TRUMPET David Inmon Principal Chris Hasselbring

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TIMPANI Robert Everson Principal

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THE NUTCRACKER CHILDREN'S CAST (roles listed in order of appearance) Ragamuffins/Mice

Jorja Darleen McNickles

Cyriana Soleil Lara

Christian Ayala

Lauren Milanak

Isabella Julia Maciejewski Leary

Isabella Bales

Gillian Mui

Juliette Leder

Maya Belcove

Allyson Powell

Inaya Lian Abdul Malik

Grace Kelly Boyd

Bernadette Santos Schwegel

LaNaiya Long

Sebastian Candanedo

Viviana Smith

Elle Elizabeth Marsico

Jose Pablo Castro Cuevas

Mia Soderquist Hansen

Makiya Karina McNickles

Nicholas Dantes

Amara Messier

Carol Dilts

Cavalry

Leilani Mojica

Mary Elsener

Amani Avizheh Flener

Mia Morris

Jung Kuczura

Alexandra Gaviria

Jasmine Mullick

Benedict Santos Schwegel

Marisa Gracias

Mia Carina Prado

Ian Stocker

Yuno Kimura

Skylar Raphael

Sofia Mark

Aurelia Ava Sebastian

Worker Girls

Rachel Pogany

Maya Shah

Aerin Sofia Abad

Jaylinne Ramirez

Morgan Sirek

Cecelia Buday

WenLi Zekich

Lyla Smith

Tori Coates

Pfifer Lily Spruill

Niamh Dillon

Junior Snowflakes

Kailiana Stanczak

Abigail Dudich

Cecelia Buday

Arwyn Stech

Isabella Josephine Libke

Tori Coates

Savannah Streiff

Luella Nandra

Niamh Dillon

Jocelyn Suastegui

Calla Norsman

Jane Kadlec

AnaKaterina Cosette Sweis

Layla Porter

Jessica Lancaster

Lola Prisco

Isabella Josephine Libke

Walnuts

Zoe Russo

Isabella Grace Shaker

Aerin Sofia Abad

Ella Grace Weerts

Victoria Rose Zdenovec

Cecelia Buday

Teen Worker Girls

Little Snowflakes

Jane Kadlec

Priyana Acharya

Juliana Maia Apezzato

Jessica Lancaster

Mari Fujikura

Genevieve Demaret

Dalya Lessem Elnecave

Sara Jaworski

Sonia Dillon

Isabella Josephine Libke

Callahan Porter

Abigail Egan

Luella Nandra

Erin Siebert

Ava Elliot

Lola Prisco

Yuri Tamagawa

Julissa Flores

Ayvah Rodriguez

Chloe Gavrilos

Isabella Grace Shaker

Soldiers/Nutcrackers

Zoli Gottlieb-Fenves

Victoria Rose Zdenovec

Anna Creech

Kayleigh Griffin

Eloise Denker

Daniela Ivory

Alyssa Grace Francoeur

Zoe Josefson

Meika Taylor Haywood

Jillian Kadlec

Audrey McNabola

Anna Laing

Tori Coates

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FOODS THAT MADE THEIR DEBUT: • Aunt Jemima pancakes • Cracker Jack popcorn • Cream of Wheat • Juicy Fruit gum • Vienna sausages

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FACILITIES AND SERVICES EFROYMSON PATRON SERVICES CENTER is located in Aisle 1 of the main floor.

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THE AUDITORIUM THEATRE HAS A STRICT POLICY OF NO LATE SEATING. Patrons arriving after the performance begins, or leaving the seating area for any reason, will be seated in a designated section and may take their ticketed seats at intermission.

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CONCESSIONS are available throughout the theatre lobbies.

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OUTSIDE FOOD AND BEVERAGE ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE THEATRE. For Joffrey performances, all purchased snacks must be consumed in the lobby. Only bottled water is allowed in the seating area.

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RESTROOMS are located on the lower level and in the Baryl Family Lobby (third floor). Accessible restroom facilities are located in the southwest corner of the main lobby and on the third floor. ACCESSIBILITY: The Auditorium Theatre is accessible to all patrons and fully complies with ADA requirements. Various levels of accommodations are available to patrons who require assisted listening devices, signed performances, or accessible seating. Additionally, our Efroymson Patron Services Center office, located in Aisle 1 of the main lobby, is open throughout performances to assist patrons with any needs they may have. For more information on accessibility, please call 312.341.2300.

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER during performances is 312.341.2389.

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PLEASE TURN OFF ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES that may ring, beep, or otherwise produce a sound that may disrupt the performance. Electronic devices include mobile phones, pagers and alarm watches.

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SMOKING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED in the theatre and within 25 feet of any entrance.

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COAT CHECK is seasonal and located in the main floor lobby.

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 OST AND FOUND: Found articles should L be left with Patron Services located in Aisle 1 of the main lobby. To determine whether a personal article has been turned in to the Lost and Found, please call 312.341.2389. Any items lost or presumed stolen are not the responsibility of the Auditorium Theatre.

FIRE NOTICE: The exit indicated by a lighted sign nearest to your seat is the shortest route out of the theatre. In the event of a theatre evacuation, WALK TO THAT EXIT.

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FIREARMS: In compliance with the Illinois Firearms Concealed Carry Act, the Auditorium Theatre prohibits the carrying of weapons of any kind in the theatre and on theatre property.

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A complete guide to our facilities and services is available at 1 | AuditoriumTheatre.org 2 | Box Office  froymson Patron 3 | E Services Center Office


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