The Wishing Well
Dempsey's most recent composition project was The Wishing Well, a children's ballet based on the Charles Perrault fairytale Diamonds and Toads. She collaborated with choreographer and entrepreneur Sophia Schmitz to write and produce the ballet. The work was performed by ballerinas from The Beat Dance Company, the Black Swamp Fine Arts School, and Ballet Theater of Toledo. Musicians were students from Bowling Green State University. The Wishing Well premiered on April 2, 2016 at the Bowling Green High School Performing Arts Center as a free community arts event.
Click here to watch the premiere performance of The Wishing Well.
The Wishing Well was funded in part by the following grants and sponsors: The Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, The Studio Connection, the Black Swamp Fine Arts School, the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at the College of Musical Arts of Bowling Green State University, The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at Bowling Green State University, and the Kern Family.
We also thank the Sidney Dance Company for loaning costumes and props; Bruce Corrigan and the Bowling Green High School Band for loaning percussion instruments; the Enohpoxas Quartet and their coaches Dr. John Sampen and Kendra Heslip for providing opening music; our project advisors Dr. Marily Shrude, Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, Kirk Kern, and Colleen Murphy; and all of the ballerinas and musicians who performed.