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PBS Brings Milwaukee Ballet's Interpretation of Classic Tale to National Audience

April 3, 2014


It was the toast of Milwaukee's performing arts community and soon, Peter Pan From Milwaukee Ballet will be offered to all PBS stations for broadcast nationwide as part of PBS' initiative to promote performing arts throughout the country. This production, recorded and produced for television by Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV), will premiere on Friday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m. on MPTV 10.

Choreographed by Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink, Peter Pan took Milwaukee by storm, playing to sold-out houses and earning standing ovations nightly. Featuring an original score from British composer Philip Feeney, this impressive stage show features dancers flying high over the action and a looming, full pirate ship that sails across the stage.

"Peter Pan has become the company's most successful performance of all time. Both our loyal supporters, as well as young families new to the ballet, were drawn to the magic of Peter Pan," said Pink. "Now, through our partnership with MPTV, we can bring the enchantment of this production to the entire nation. Milwaukee Ballet is proud to be the first major arts organization in Milwaukee to be presented on PBS since 1992."

MPTV spent months recording performances of Peter Pan and producing the piece for broadcast, under the direction of Emmy Award-winning producer/director Phillip Byrd. As the production took shape, MPTV's goal of offering southeast Wisconsin's finest performing arts to its entire service area expanded to bring the magic of Peter Pan to all PBS affiliate stations. MPTV presented it to PBS for consideration in including it in the national broadcast line-up.

"At MPTV, we have a proud history of working with area arts groups to bring their most intriguing and entertaining works to tens of thousands of television viewers, " said MPTV General Manager Ellis Bromberg. " It's gratifying to know that folks around the country will now get to see what a jewel we have here in Milwaukee Ballet and its outstanding talent."

The ballet features Leading Artist Marc Petrocci as the iconic Peter Pan and rising star Valerie Harmon as Wendy. The production also boasts a top-notch creative team, including Emmy Award-winning lighting designer David Grill.

Peter Pan from Milwaukee Ballet is part of the ongoing, multi-platform "PBS Arts" initiative, which highlights PBS's commitment to the performing and visual arts, and gives millions of viewers a front-row seat and a backstage pass for the best music, theater, dance, art, and cultural history programs on-air and online. For more information, visit www.pbs.org/arts.

Major funding for the Peter Pan broadcast is made possible by Hydrite Chemical Co. Additional funding was provided by Anne Ray Charitable Trust and Wisconsin Energy Foundation.

About Milwaukee Public Television
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The stations are watched by over 644,300 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. For more information, visit www.mptv.org.

About Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5.5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 20 trainees in the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of nearly 1000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Milwaukee Ballet's Community Outreach programs are offered year-round through hands-on workshops, original children's productions and a student matinee series serving over 30,000 people each year.

About PBS
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS' broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS' premier children's TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents' and teachers' most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

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Media Contacts:
Erin Eaton-Milwaukee Public Television
414-297-8829
eatones@matc.edu

Leslie Rivers-Milwaukee Ballet
414-902-2102
lrivers@milwaukeeballet.org