January 19th, 2022 — January 22nd, 2022

As the performing arts emerge from two years of upheaval, we are counting our blessings that Ballet Theatre has not only survived the pandemic’s many disruptions but is now in a stronger position than ever as one of the country’s leading youth arts organisations. As we head into our 85th year, what better ballet to celebrate the occasion than Coppélia; a joyous, light-hearted work, whose feisty, strong-willed heroine defies the ballet stereotype, winning the day without the help of fairies or witches.

This ballet, set to the very familiar and tuneful score of Léo Delibes, is not only a delight to watch, but also a thrill to perform. Artistic Director Clare Morehen has again challenged our young dancers with choreography taken straight from the traditional version of the ballet, and together with Kym Stokes, our accomplished Rehearsal Director, has molded them into accomplished dancers and actors.

Our creative team of professional designers and technical crew that supports so many of our productions, returns this year with its talent and expertise. Costume designer, Carmel Wenck, set designer Bill Haycock and lighting wizard Glenn Hughes have together created a visual feast for audiences.

The many organisations that usually support us, have done so again, which has been especially heartening.  I thank key corporate supporters, Bloch, The Courier Mail, and Vanilla Pod; also, Flowers HQ, Sue’s Shop, and Dance and Play. Our Christmas raffle, which is becoming a popular annual event was generously supported this year by Queensland Ballet, Homebodii, Quince and Mulberry, James, Morphe, and Gnocchi Brothers. Queensland Ballet also generously released Soloist Vito Bernasconi for our season as Guest Artist in the role of Dr Coppélius, for which we are most thankful.

Ballet Theatre Queensland continues to punch well above its weight, delivering a professional company experience, which challenges, inspires and develops young dancers, all on a prohibitively low budget and without regular funding from any level of government. Key to the continued success of this company is therefore the commitment and enthusiasm of dancers’ parents, past and present, and other dedicated supporters, who give so generously of their time. The culture of philanthropy that grows every year in support of Ballet Theatre is another indication of how valued this wonderful company is. In fact, these seasons could not happen without this broad support from families, friends, and lovers of ballet.

Denise Richardson


Playhouse, Queensland performing Arts Centre
Executive Director
Denise Richardson
Artistic Director
Clare Morehen
Production Director
Dan Endicott
Rehearsal Director
Kym Stokes
Board of Directors
Craig Spencer (Chair)
Craig Cathcart
Sharon Christodoulou
Barbara Eversen
Nicole Kielly-Coleman
Karen McGahan
Courtney Tuttle
Jeremy Wicht
Clare Morehen
Guest Artists
Vito Bernasconi
Jordan Lennon
Tristan Fraser-Preston
Costume Designer
Carmel Wenck
Scenic Designer
Bill Haycock
Lighting Designer
Glenn Hughes


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