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June 15, 2018

Casting Announced for Final Two Weeks of ABT’s 2018 Spring Season at Metropolitan Opera House

Special Matinee Performance of Whipped Cream on Friday, July 6 at 2:00 P.M.

Misty Copeland and Jeffrey Cirio in Whipped Cream. Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

Casting for the seventh and eighth weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Eight performances of  Don Quixote will begin on Monday, June 25, led by Isabella Boylston (Kitri), Daniil Simkin (Basilio), Devon Teuscher (Mercedes) and Calvin Royal III (Espada).  Debuts for the week include Zhong-Jing Fang as Mercedes on Tuesday, June 26, Hee Seo as Kitri and Christine Shevchenko as Mercedes on Friday, June 29 and Sarah Lane as Kitri at the matinee on Saturday, June 30.  Staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones, with choreography after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, Don Quixote is set to music by Ludwig Minkus and features scenery and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by Natasha Katz.  The McKenzie/Jones staging of the current production was first performed by ABT on June 12, 1995.

The season will conclude with eight performances of Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream, beginning Monday, July 2, led by Daniil Simkin as The Boy, Stella Abrera as Princess Tea Flower, Thomas Forster in his New York debut as Prince Coffee and Sarah Lane as Princess Praline.  Gabe Stone Shayer will make his New York debut as The Boy at the matinee on Wednesday, July 4.  On Thursday, July 5, Arron Scott will debut as The Boy and Calvin Royal III will dance the role of Prince Coffee for the first time in New York.  A special matinee performance will take place Friday, July 6 at

2:00 P.M.  Set to a score by Richard Strauss, the ballet features scenery and costumes by Mark Ryden and lighting by Brad Fields.  Whipped Cream received its World Premiere on March 15, 2017 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, led by Daniil Simkin as The Boy, Stella Abrera as Princess Tea Flower, David Hallberg as Prince Coffee and Sarah Lane as Princess Praline.


Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Metropolitan Opera House season, beginning at $22, are available online, at the Met box office or by phone at 212-362-6000.  The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway between 64th and 65th streets in New York City.  For more information, visit ABT’s website at

Complete casting follows:


Leadership support for Whipped Cream, part of The Ratmansky Project, has been generously provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence A. Deutsch Foundation.
Leadership support for The Ratmansky Project has been provided by Avery and Andrew F. Barth, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton E. James, and The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund. Additional support has been provided by Dr. Joan Taub Ades, Linda Allard, Sarah Arison, Steven Backes, Lisa and Dick Cashin, Mark Casey and Carrie Gasier Casey, The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, Linda and Martin Fell, Vicki Netter Fitzgerald, William J. Gillespie, Brian J. Heidtke, The Marjorie S. Isaac/Irving H. Isaac Fund, Howard S. Paley, Pearl T. Maxim Trust, Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, Bernard L. Schwartz, John Leland Sills and Elizabeth Papadopoulos-Sills, Melissa A. Smith, The H. Russell Smith Foundation/Stewart R. Smith and Robin A. Ferracone, Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, Sutton Stracke, and Sedgwick Ward.
American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre. Northern Trust is the Leading Corporate Sponsor of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. ABT is supported, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Mon. Eve., June 25, 7:30 P.M DON QUIXOTE Boylston, Simkin, Teuscher, Royal
Tue. Eve., June 26, 7:30 P.M. DON QUIXOTE Shevchenko, Whiteside, Fang*, Hoven
Wed. Mat., June 27, 2:00 P.M. DON QUIXOTE Murphy, Stearns, Teuscher, Royal
Wed. Eve., June 27, 7:30 P.M. DON QUIXOTE Copeland, Cirio, Abrera, Hammoudi
Thu. Eve., June 28, 7:30 P.M. DON QUIXOTE Boylston, Simkin, Fang, Hoven
Fri. Eve., June 29, 7:30 P.M. DON QUIXOTE Seo*, Whiteside, Shevchenko*, Forster
Sat. Mat., June 30, 2:00 P.M. DON QUIXOTE Lane*, Cornejo, Abrera, Hammoudi
Sat. Eve., June 30, 8:00 P.M. DON QUIXOTE Murphy, Stearns, Teuscher, Royal


Mon. Eve., July 2, 7:30 P.M. WHIPPED CREAM Simkin, Abrera, Forster**, Lane
Tue. Eve., July 3, 7:30 P.M. WHIPPED CREAM Cirio, Seo, Stearns, Copeland
Wed. Mat., July 4, 2:00 P.M. WHIPPED CREAM Shayer**, Murphy, Whiteside, Brandt
Wed. Eve., July 4 NO PERFORMANCE
Thu. Eve., July 5, 7:30 P.M. WHIPPED CREAM Scott*, Teuscher, Royal**, Trenary
Fri. Mat., July 6, 2:00 P.M. WHIPPED CREAM Shayer, Boylston, Whiteside, Brandt
Fri. Eve., July 6, 7:30 P.M. WHIPPED CREAM Cirio, Seo, Stearns, Copeland
Sat. Mat., July 7, 2:00 P.M. WHIPPED CREAM Simkin, Abrera, Forster, Lane
Sat. Eve., July 7, 8:00 P.M. WHIPPED CREAM Scott, Teuscher, Royal, Trenary


*Editors please note first time in a role
Tue., 6/26 Fang (Mercedes) in Don Quixote
Fri., 6/29 Seo (Kitri), Shevchenko (Mercedes) in Don Quixote
Sat. Mat., 6/30 Lane (Kitri) in Don Quixote
Thu., 7/5 Scott (The Boy) in Whipped Cream
**Editors please note first time in a role in New York
Mon., 7/2 Forster (Prince Coffee) in Whipped Cream
Wed. Mat., 7/4 Shayer (The Boy) in Whipped Cream
Thu., 7/5 Royal (Prince Coffee) in Whipped Cream


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