February in Cleveland is usually dreary, gray, and cold. But the Cleveland Ballet brought magic to the mundane with its Frosted Winter Night, and a little help from some West Coast twigs.
“I love winter,” said Tracy Etling, parent of a Cleveland Ballet student and volunteer designer for the company’s past five galas. Her deft touch this year, with cotton, sparkle, ice blue lighting and Manzanita branches from California, transformed the Tudor Arms hotel into a fantasy banquet hall fit for Queen Elsa. “Simple but elegant,” she noted.
The sit-down dinner for 300 capped an equally enchanting performance by the resurrected dance company. In the intimate setting of the mezzanine ballroom, the troupe performed excerpts from the piece “Provocativo,” choreographed by artistic director Gladisa Guadelupe.
The live auction, which raised more than $20,000 for Cleveland Ballet operations, offered a respite from Northeastern Ohio winters with a seven-day sojourn in a Tuscan villa, or to the West Coast for a Napa Valley epicurean adventure. Elsa fans could bid on a five-day stay at Disney’s Saratoga Springs resort. And those truly enthralled by frosty nights could take a journey to Irish sites based on the drama “Game of Thrones.” STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY PEGGY TURBETT