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Milwaukee Public Television to tape Milwaukee Ballet's production of Peter Pan

May 9, 2012


MILWAUKEE - May 9, 2012 - Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) and Milwaukee Ballet are partnering to bring Milwaukee Ballet's production of Peter Pan, choreographed by the Ballet's Artistic Director Michael Pink, to public television. MPTV crews will videotape the upcoming performances at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee, and edit the recordings into a broadcast version. Local air dates will be announced shortly. Also, MPTV is in discussions with PBS to include Milwaukee Ballet's Peter Pan in its PBS Arts Festival series, which is distributed nationally.

"As a community resource, MPTV looks for opportunities to showcase outstanding local arts performances on our stations. Working with Milwaukee Ballet on Michael Pink's outstanding Peter Pan enables us to fulfill our missions to entertain, and to stimulate the imagination of adults and children alike," said Ellis Bromberg, General Manager of Milwaukee Public Television.

The inventive production, an adaptation of J.M. Barrie's most famous work, brings to life Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, and the show's other memorable characters, including a larger than life crocodile which crawls along the orchestra pit. Peter Pan received rave reviews during its sold out premiere with Milwaukee Ballet in 2010, and its subsequent run at Colorado Ballet in Denver earlier this year. Tickets are still available for this year's production, running May 10-13.

"Peter Pan has proven to be one of Milwaukee Ballet's most successful performances of all time," said Dennis Buehler, Milwaukee Ballet Executive Director. "Through our partnership with Milwaukee Public Television, we're thrilled to be able to extend the magic even further into the Milwaukee community and beyond."

The collaboration between Milwaukee Public Television and Milwaukee Ballet was made possible in part by support from the Wisconsin Energy Foundation. This production marks the second collaboration in recent years following the successful broadcast of Michael Pink's Romeo and Juliet in 2008.

About Milwaukee Public Television
Milwaukee Public Television is southeastern Wisconsin's premiere non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional 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. Each week, over 900,000 viewers throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois watch MPTV. 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 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 23 professional dancers along with 20 trainees in its 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 over 1,000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. For more information or to order tickets, call (414) 902-2103 or visit www.milwaukeeballet.org.
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Contact:
Erin Eaton-Milwaukee Public Television
414-297-8829
eatones@matc.edu

Andrew Griswold-Milwaukee Ballet
414-443-0850 x10
agriswold@buzzmonkeyspr.com