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Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker
(Dallas / Fort Worth, TX – November 2009)… Texas Ballet Theater’s Artistic Director Ben Stevenson O.B.E. is proud to present The Nutcracker, a family favorite holiday tradition, November 27 – December 6, 2009 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in Dallas and December 11 – 24, 2009 at the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.
The Dallas engagement of The Nutcracker is Texas Ballet Theater’s debut as the professional resident ballet company for the new AT&T Performing Arts Center. Notably, Texas Ballet Theater is the only performing arts organization in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex that performs in both the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas and the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.
The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a thrilling adventure. Along the way, they encounter a Christmas tree that grows to 40 feet, toy soldiers battling mischievous mice, waltzing flowers, dancing candy, and sparkling, swirling snowflakes that fall on dancers and the audience alike. With holiday music by Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is a favorite family tradition.
The role of the “Sugar Plum Fairy” showcases the beauty and grace of Texas Ballet Theater’s most talented female performers. Leticia Oliveira, Carolyn Judson, Lisa Kaczmarek, Katelyn Clenaghan, Jennifer Hooper and Lainey Logan will alternate performances.
The role of the “Nutcracker Prince” showcases Texas Ballet Theater’s most talented male performers. Lucas Priolo, Eddy Tovar, Carl Coomer, Lonnie Weeks and Alexander Kotelenets will alternate performances.
The role of the “Snow Queen” showcases more of Texas Ballet Theater’s talented female performers. Carolyn Judson, Lisa Kaczmarek, Leticia Oliveira, Heather Crosby, Victoria Simo and Betsy McBride will alternate performances. Notably, Ms. McBride is 16 years old and originally from Coppell, Texas. She is a former student at the Texas Ballet Theater School and considered to be one of the rising stars of Texas Ballet Theater. Her performance as the “Snow Queen” will be her first in a ballerina role.
Additionally, Lonnie Weeks, Eddy Tovar and Adam Boreland will alternate performances as “The Nutcracker”. Kaitlyn Potts, Heather Crosby and Havilah Sprunk will alternate performances as “Clara”.
The performance dates for The Nutcracker at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas are: Friday, November 27 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm; Saturday, November 28 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm; Sunday, November 29 at 2:00pm; Thursday, December 3 at 8:00pm; Friday, December 4 at 8:00pm; Saturday, December 5 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm; and Sunday, December 6 at 2:00pm.
The performance dates for The Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth are: Friday, December 11 at 8:00pm; Saturday, December 12 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm; Sunday, December 13 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm; Thursday, December 17 at 8:00pm; Friday, December 18 at 8:00pm; Saturday, December 19 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm; Sunday, December 20 at 2:00pm; Tuesday, December 22 at 8:00pm; Wednesday, December 23 at 8:00pm; and Thursday, December 24 at 2:00pm.
The Nutcracker is suitable for all audiences. Tickets for The Nutcracker are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Texas Ballet Theater ticketing hotline at 877-828-9200. Patrons may also visit the box office at Texas Ballet Theater’s Administrative Offices, 6845 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, 76116. Tickets for the Dallas engagement are $19 to $109 per person, depending upon seating location. Tickets for the Fort Worth engagement are $19 to $99 per person, depending upon seating location. For more information, visit www.texasballettheater.org.
About The Nutcracker
In 1891 Ivan Vsevolozhsky, director of the Imperial Theaters, commissioned legendary choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky to develop a ballet based on the book The Nutcracker and the Mouse King written by E.T.A. Hoffman. In 1892 The Nutcracker was first performed at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, the home of the Kirov Ballet. An abridged version of the ballet was first performed outside Russia at the Royal Opera House in Budapest in 1927. The first complete performance of The Nutcracker outside Russia was performed in 1934 at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. The first performance in the United States was performed by Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at the 51st Street Theater in New York in 1940. In 1944 San Francisco Ballet is credited as the first American ballet company to produce The Nutcracker in the United States. Since the late 1960s Texas Ballet Theater has made The Nutcracker a holiday tradition in North Texas.
About Texas Ballet Theater
Founded in 1961, Texas Ballet Theater is the premier professional ballet company in North Texas. Under Artistic Director Ben Stevenson O.B.E., the ballet brings unprecedented talent, beauty and artistic expression to the stages of the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth and the new AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in Dallas. For more information, please visit www.texasballettheater.org.