Nevada Ballet Theatre Gouged by Recession

The nonprofit arts group announced on March 10 that it is trimming its company of dancers from 31 to 22, reducing its administrative staff and leaving vacant positions unfilled.  The Nevada Ballet Theatre also has postponed its season finale, “New Work ’09,” which had been set for performance May 15-17.   That performance is now planned to be  incorporated into next season’s schedule. 

Further, season subscribers are being urged to donate their tickets back to the ballet to show support during its economic struggles.  To supplement this revenue, an anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $50,000 in contributions received before June 30. 

Nevada Ballet Theatre has been beset by declining donor contributions and ticket sales and drop in tuition revenue from its academy. 

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas is targeting a 2011 opening, including a theatre that the ballet company has been planning to share with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

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