Bubbly sur la pointe
You could say that young professionals are old enough to know truth from childhood fantasy, although there's no harm in suspending notions of reality to relish in a desire to stay forever young. Heck, add in the ability to fly — who wouldn't want to play make-believe?
It may be that Houston Ballet's young professionals troupe was preview to Thomas Boyd's sets and all the mechanical marvels that catapulted dancers across a fanciful stage for Trey McIntyre's imagining of Peter Pan. But that didn't necessarily mean that the magic of the opening night festivities that began with cocktails at Hotel Icon on Thursday vanished into pixie dust.
Wonderment lingered even as Joseph Walsh, the cavalier who interpreted the title role, joined still in full regalia for the champagne toast on stage after the spectacle. Alongside executive director James Nelson, artistic director Stanton Welch and Ballet Barre chair Christine Transier, the group clink clinked to the end of a 2012-13 dancing season and bid adieu until such time as the Fall Mixed Repertoire Program and The Merry Widow pick things back up in September.
Sipping and mingling were Jessica Collado, Taryn Cheesman, Lauren Evenson, Ashley Lundblad, Lisa Ortiz, Carey Kirkpatrick, David Rassin, Christine Borrette, Brent Williams, Ting Wang Bresnahan, Alyson Haas, Betsy Carvelli, Karen Rock, Katie Chachere, Beth Zdeblick and principal cavalier Connor Walsh.