July 11-13, 2013

Directed by Maggie Bergeron & Nicholas Gaudette

The scene is set for a magical night: the gym has been transformed into a fairytale land of wonder and romance with crepe paper and a disco ball. The music begins as the guests arrive, and the photographer begins posing and shooting the teenagers dressed in their finest and bleary-eyed from their transformations. The carnival of scenarios begins. . .Join this multi-generational cast for an evening of raucously wild and heartbreakingly honest prom stories that travel from then to now to tomorrow.

Thanks to a Jerome Travel and Study Grant, Maggie attended seven different high school proms across the country to gather information about the differences and similarities betwixt and between rural, urban, public and private schools. Leaver's Ball is inspired by the cultural phenomenon of high school prom as a rite of passage, including emotional and aspirational aspects of high school, the casual excesses of entitlement, and the social order of American culture as seen through the microcosm of prom night.


7:30 PM Thursday, 7/11
7:30 PM Friday, 7/12
2 PM Saturday, 7/13 (pay-as-able matinee)
7:30 PM Saturday, 7/13

Reviews & Press

"Maggie Bergeron Makes A Date with the Prom" preview article by Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune, 7/5/13


Choreographed by Maggie Bergeron, including many contributions by dancers Gabriel Anderson, Emma Barber, Mary Easter, Dustin Haug, Jordan Naegele, Jamie Ryan-Karels, Andrea Zimmerman and understudies Fenja Abrams and Celesta Brainard. Composed by Nicholas Gaudette, in cooperation with Dan Choma, Eric Mayson and Linnea Mohn. Lighting and set design by Pearl Rea.


Photo credits: Brandon Stengel

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.