Colorado Ballet Makes Cuts to Stay on Its Toes

March 17 2010, 11:36 AM

Headlines about Colorado's economy are at times stunning, and the Colorado Ballet has not been spared any economic struggle this year, either. After ending its 2008-09 season $500,000 in the hole, the company was forced to lay off four of its 19 full-time administrative employees to save money, writes the Post. And because more budget trimming may be on the horizon, the schedule for the 2010-11 year, the company's 50th anniversary, is nowhere close to what artistic director Gil Boggs had once envisioned. The company will have four, not the usual five, productions, and some will be less pricey revivals, such as Dracula, rather than bold, boundary-pushing works of art. "It is disappointing that I wasn't able to quite do what I wanted to do, but I also want to ensure that we're here for another 50 years," Boggs says. Money might not be the only concern for the organization, with other local performances competing for attendance. As Denver Post theater critic John Moore points out in his survey of the Denver Center's very "new" upcoming season, the company's "Dracula will be staged in direct competition with the Colorado Ballet's annual Halloween staging."