Brass City Ballet to Begin Performances on New Outdoor Stage

Brass City Ballet, a non profit dance organization, recently completed building an outdoor stage in Schoolhouse Park in Middlebury at 103 Maple Dr. Shown are company dancers trying out the stage (from left), Brooke Harris, Gabrielle Harris of Middlebury; Livia Sarnelli of Naugatuck; Lindsey Matthews of Middlebury; Nadia Stronkowsky and Kate Gilchrist of Middlebury. More programs are planned for the summer.

MIDDLEBURY — Brass City Ballet, a non profit dance organization, recently completed building an outdoor stage in Schoolhouse Park in Middlebury at 103 Maple Dr. Brass City Ballet’s end of year event, Season Finale, which took place on June 6 inaugurated the stage. Two performances of “The Sleeping Beauty” are scheduled for 6 p.m. June 18 and 19. Tickets for all three shows are available at https://buy.tututix.com/brasscityballet.

The construction of the stage was funded by the Watertown Foundation, ION Bank Foundation, and with the support of Oxford Lumber, EG Home, and parent volunteers, the stage quickly grew from an idea into a reality. “This is truly a miracle,” said Artistic Director Elizabeth Fisk Barisser.

“With no performing venues available during the Covid shutdown, we were wondering how we would be able to showcase our dancers at the end of the year. The only solution was to build our own stage outdoors.”

Coordination between the Town of Middlebury and Brass City Ballet was necessary, and the link between the two was quickly established. “The arts enhance the quality of life in a community, which becomes an economic driver as well“, says Ms. Barisser. “This stage could be just the beginning of a vibrant and active arts scene in our town.”

BCB’s Associate Artistic Director, Christine Harris, will be working with Betsy Anderson of the Town of Middlebury’s Park and Rec Department to create programming that will benefit the community. Workshops, performances, and classes will be scheduled throughout the summer.

For updates throughout the summer, visit www.brasscityballet.org.

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