12/2: The Nutcracker

The Blacksburg Ballet will present two full-length performances on Saturday, December 2nd at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and two field trip performances on Friday, December 1st, for over 1,500 local students. Visions of Sugar Plums, Swirling Snowflakes and giant Battle Soldiers and Mice will transform the Moss Arts Center during the annual performance of The Nutcracker this holiday season. This season, the production will be grander than ever and there will be a personalized Blacksburg show with a Hokie cast. The Hokie Bird will surprise party guests in Act I and VT football players will join the cast to make a special Nutcracker Hokie fans will love.

The 2017 Nutcracker promises to dazzle audiences with intricate routines and elegant choreography, professional tutus, many new lines of costumes, and a magical 20-foot growing Christmas tree.

In addition to the full-length performances on December 2nd, The Blacksburg Ballet will present a special field trip performance of The Nutcracker to over 2,000 local school children from Montgomery, Giles and Pulaski County public schools on Friday, December 1st. This 45-minute excerpt of the production introduces children to the art of dance and the story of The Nutcracker with routines aimed at younger ballet patrons. Tapping Toy Soldiers, Tumbling Mice in Clara’s dream, the leaps and turns of the Russian Trepak, and the graceful beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy are sure to captivate even the youngest audience members.

Karen Stemen, Blacksburg Ballet Artistic Director, has produced this holiday tradition for more than 30 years. This year she is joined by Blacksburg Ballet stage manager and choreographer, Paige Godwin, assistant artistic directors, Kaitlin Shreckhise and Jessa Watkins, and featured cast, Alexander Olivieri of Newark, Delaware, as the Nutcracker Cavalier, Heather Rinderle of Roanoke, Virginia, as Dream Clara and Onica Patalive Hobbs of New Jersey, as the Arabian Princess and Sugarplum Fairy. Mrs. Stemen quotes, “The Nutcracker Ballet is a timeless tale that brings wonder and holiday magic to audiences of all ages. The field trip opportunities help fulfill our mission of educating the public through the art of ballet and bringing the arts into the classrooms of young ballet patrons.”

Reserved tickets for the 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. December 2nd performances may be purchased at the Blacksburg Ballet office located at 1101 North Main Street in Blacksburg and are $18 for adults and $12 for children, age 12 and under. Tickets purchased through the UUSA ticket office on the Virginia Tech campus are $20 for adults and $15 for children age 12 and under. Student and senior groups of 8 or more may call to request discounted rates. For more information or to reserve seats today, please call (540) 961-6666 or visit www.tickets.vt.edu.