A Holiday Favorite Returns to the Carpenter Theatre December 19-28, there Amid a Special Anniversary Year
A beloved holiday tradition returns to Richmond, cost when Dominion Resources presents Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker, December 19-28, 2014 at the historic Carpenter Theatre. With choreography by Stoner Winslett, Richmond Ballet’s holiday classic has been heralded as “one of the country’s most perfect [Nutcracker productions]” by The New York Times, and will feature the company’s full roster of professionals, as well as 22 trainees and over 150 accomplished students from The School of Richmond Ballet.
Peter Tchaikovsky’s famous score will once again be brought to life by the Richmond Symphony for all 13 performances, under the baton of Guest Conductor Ron Matson.
The Nutcracker has always held a special place for the students and faculty from The School of Richmond Ballet (the School, SRB), but this season, the holiday tradition will play a memorable and poignant role in the School’s ongoing 40th anniversary celebrations. Students play an important part alongside the company dancers in Richmond Ballet’s highly acclaimed professional production, and it is from the student cast where the artistic staff selects that ballet’s two central characters, Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. “The opportunity to perform in a professional production, and especially to perform in one that is filled with such a beautiful brand of magic, is a very important part of ballet training, and it’s a wonderful experience for our students” said Judy Jacob, School Director and Artistic Associate. “Our students work very hard every year to earn a role in our production, and we try hard to give as many as possible the opportunity to perform; it’s a commitment they approach with a tremendous amount of maturity and poise and we could not be more proud of their hard work and their genuine excitement. We know this is truly an experience that our students never forget.”
Indeed, with over three-quarters of the Richmond Ballet company members having received their substantial training in the School, most of the professionals on stage will have memories of participating in the same production as a young dancer, while a handful of the current company members seem to have grown up through the wide ranks of Nutcracker casting, from the smallest mouse through to the ballet’s grand and sparkling professional roles.
“It would not be the holidays without the Richmond Ballet Nutcracker, and we are so honored that people in our Richmond community, and now across Virginia, seem to love to come back year after year to this tradition,” said Stoner Winslett, Artistic Director for Richmond Ballet. “Every year, we work hard to make little changes, and to make it just a little bit better than it was the year before, so we hope everyone will join us in looking forward to that again this season.”
From the opening notes of Tchaikovsky’s overture, audiences are whisked into the warm, candlelit drawing room of the Silberhaus family, buzzing with celebrations of Christmas. To the delight of the family’s young daughter, Clara, Dr. Drosselmeyer, the mysterious toymaker, and his handsome nephew arrive with a special gift – a wooden nutcracker doll – that captures the girl’s imagination. As darkness falls, Dr. Drosselmeyer’s magic begins to work, setting in motion fantastical events that will fill Clara’s dreams: a battle beneath the branches of an enchanted Christmas tree, the transformation of the nutcracker doll into the young Nutcracker Prince, and a journey from a snow-covered forest to the far-off land of the Kingdom of Sweets.
Clara’s Tea Party, a special event hosted by the Ballet featuring tea and sweets, will once again be a part of this year’s Nutcracker festivities. As per usual, Clara’s Tea Party is a separately ticketed event.
Choreography by Stoner Winslett | Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
With Richmond Symphony
The Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage
Friday, December 19, 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 20, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 21, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm
Monday, December 22, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, December 23, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Friday, December 26, 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 27, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 28, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm
Tickets start at $20.00.
Tickets available at eTIX.com, by calling 1.800.514.3849, or through the Richmond Ballet Box Office at 407 E. Canal Street.
Clara’s Tea Party 2014 | $25.00 per guest
Saturday, December 20, 4:00 pm
Tuesday, December 23, 4:00 pm