Tuesday, November 18, 2014


The Nutcracker
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Oklahoma City Ballet is proud to announce an all-new production of “The Nutcracker,” transformed for audiences with new sets and costumes, presented by Devon Energy. The cherished holiday favorite will be performed at the Civic Center Music Hall for a 10-run performance, Dec. 13-22. Single tickets start at $26 and will be available through OKC Ballet and Civic Center Box Offices beginning Nov. 3.

This year’s production debuts all-new set and costume designs, offering Oklahoma City a production that will provide a fresh holiday experience for families across the state. The new sets were designed by Emmy Award-winning scenic designer Gregory Crane, and the elaborate new costumes are from Colorado designer Susanne Hubbs, whose designs have been featured in “Dance Magazine.”

Choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Mills, Oklahoma City Ballet’s version of “The Nutcracker” remains true to the original libretto that premiered in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Tchaikovsky’s familiar score will be performed live at every performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, led by Music Director Joel Levine.

This classic fairy tale tells the story of Clara, who receives a beautiful, handmade wooden Nutcracker from the quirky Heir Drosselmeyer at a Christmas Eve party. That night, Clara sneaks downstairs to play with her new Nutcracker and is swept away to a fantasy land of toy soldiers, giant mice and dancing snowflakes. After saving her beloved Nutcracker from the evil Mouse King, she is whisked away to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets and Toys, where she is treated to performances by fanciful, dancing confections and toys including the Sugar Plum Fairy.

As an added treat, Santa Claus will be in the main lobby 1 hour before all performances. Families will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa as a holiday keepsake (service fees apply). Children are invited to make their own Nutcracker oil pastel drawing 1 hour before all performances and during matinĂ©e Intermissions, sponsored by Oklahoma Contemporary. Following each 2 p.m. matinĂ©e performance, dancers from “The Nutcracker” will be available in the main lobby for photos and autographs and patrons can enjoy refreshments courtesy of Braum’s.

Performances take place on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. Single tickets may be purchased starting Nov. 3 by calling 405-848-TOES (8637) or online at www.okcballet.com/nutcracker. All performances take place at the Civic
Center Music Hall, 201 North Walker, Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Ballet Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 7421 North Classen, Oklahoma City.

From the press release

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