After a chance encounter with a Louisville Ballet executive, Edwin S. Hopson became a board member for the Louisville Ballet, and 19 years later, he is still going strong.
Hopson, who is an attorney and partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, talked with us about his involvement with the ballet and about “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker,” which runs through Dec. 19 at The Kentucky Center.
What sparked your interest in becoming involved with the Louisville Ballet?
A chance encounter in the 1980s with Debra Hoffer at a social event. She was the executive director of the Louisville Ballet at the time., I mentioned that we had been subscribers for quite some time and that both my daughter, Fran, and son, Edwin, had been taking ballet.
What changes can we expect from this years’ “Brown-Forman Nutcracker” performance?
This is season two of the all-new “Brown-Forman Nutcracker,” which we debuted last December. If you missed it last season, you’ll see a production filled with choreography by renowned choreographer, Val Caniparoli; completely re-imagined costumes and scenery (designed by internally-acclaimed designer, Peter Cazalet), and magic created especially for us by master illusionist, , Marshall Magoon. We have several new dancers with us this year, both adult and children, which always brings many new facets to this family favorite.
How has the new “Nutcracker” been received?
Extremely well., Everyone I’ve talked to who has seen it has been blown away!
How many kids are involved each year? What does their involvement mean to the ballet?
Over 100 local children participate in “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” each year., These young ladies and gentlemen, from our ballet school, are an invaluable addition to this cast – , dancing the roles of party children, small rats, angels, jockeys and soldiers., They help add yet another element of the childlike wonder and magic, which is a hallmark of this holiday classic.
What does “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” mean to the city?
It is a major asset that will live on for many years to come., The arts in Louisville are a major reason we can convince out-of-state businesses to invest in our city and create jobs here., “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” is a shinning example of what the arts and its valued supporters can do in Louisville.
What is the upcoming event Pas de Brew?
Instead of pairing dancers in a Pas de Deux, we’re launching a new Pas de Brew fundraiser (Jan. 15 at the Muhammad Ali Center). Louisville native Jared Rouben, who is the head brewer of Goose Island Beer Co. (Chicago), will team up with chef Dean Corbett to create a fun and festive evening, which will also include live and silent auctions., People can visit the ballet’s website for more information.
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Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.