Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thirteen year old Kara Troester plays Clara, and
OU dance major Austin Lintner plays her Nutcracker prince in 
OU's Festival Ballet production.  Photos provided.

By Nancy Condit

Once every four years the University of Oklahoma's Festival Ballet students have the chance to perform in
Marius Petipa's choreographed The Nutcracker to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's music.  This is one of those years. Remaining performances are in the Rupel J. Jones Theatre at December 8-10, and at on December 10 and 11.
The Festival Ballet presents dancers about to start their professional careers, and is known for its high production standards. 
School of Dance chair Mary Margaret Holt is delighted to place this year's ballet in Victorian dress, the time in which it was written.  She feels that the shapes and movements of the clothes compliment the dance.
The lighting designer, Jerry Lewis, likes to present new ideas each year, and Holt tells audience members to watch for an extremely effective one in this ballet.
Tickets are $14 for students, $22 for adults and $18 for seniors and faculty.  They may be purchased by calling the box office at 405.325.4101.

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