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BalletMet Columbus will end its 2009 season with hard partying and wild abandonment.

Its world premiere of The Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, opens at the Capitol Theatre on April 24. It will resurrect a time when jazz was hot, dancing was careless, and getting intoxicated was all the rage. The era of the Charleston and the Fox Trot will once again have its heyday.

This performance will mark the first time that a BalletMet dancer has choreographed a full-length production. Los Angeles native Jimmy Orrante has danced with BalletMet for 14 years and is thrilled by the challenge. “My main focus is to be true to Fitzgerald’s novel and the movement of the 1920’s but blend it with my style.”

The Great Gatsby features the music of Duke Ellington, Shep Fields, Benny Goodman, and Aaron Copland. All of the production’s period costumes were designed and constructed by BalletMet’s costume shop. BalletMet consistently ranks among the country’s top 15 dance companies.

The Great Gatsby runs from April 24 to May 2 at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets cost $25 to $45 and can be purchased through balletmet.org, the CAPA Box Office at 614-469-0939, or Ticketmaster.

Alexandra Kelley does freelance writing, marketing, and public relations and can be reached at alexandra477.com.

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