On Tuesday night, several hundred ballet enthusiasts nearly filled the lawn at Saratoga Performing Arts Center for the New York City Ballet’s American Girl Night (pictured). Tonight – Wednesday – will feature SPAC’s biggest pre-show of the summer for Girls Night Out, which is sponsored by the Times Union. More than 20 local businesses will provide free luxury services and products to guests.
But challenges are growing for the famous ballet company as it deals with a reported $6 million budget shortfall and major labor issues. Locally, online grumblings about SPAC’s management of the ballet are growing. Some are convinced that the ballet could end its 45-year summer residency at SPAC after this year. Check out this blog. Or this one.
The Daily Gazette, with photo gallery. (registration required)
The lawn of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center was jammed with patrons on Tuesday night — and not just the human kind. It was American Girl Doll Night and hundreds of little girls, with dolls in tow, arrived for an evening with New York City Ballet. But after the first intermission, many of the would-be ballet fans cleared out as the program on Tuesday night was not family-friendly. ...