CHARLESTON BALLET presents
THREE performances of its magnificent production of Jill Eathorne Bahr’s THE NUTCRACKER December 11-13, 2015 at Sottile Theatre.
Tickets information will be available soon for the blockbuster extravaganza range.
For many in the Lowcountry, This version of the popular ballet is an anchor of their holiday tradition.
Did you see it as a child? Or was the last time a few years ago? Maybe you plan to see it for the first time this season? Regardless, you will be enchanted by Coastal Ballet USA’s s production of this classic holiday extravaganza. Invite your entire family to discover the spectacle and wonder of this timeless story seen through a child’s eyes. The production features magnificent costumes, spectacular sets, a giant tree, and falling snow that blankets a winter wonderland. This time-honored tale tells the story of an enchanted Nutcracker doll that magically comes to life to battle the Rat King and his band of mice while protecting the beloved Marie Lowndes. A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season and to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. For over one hundred years, the story of the ballet has proven irresistible to both children and adults alike.
This production of The Nutcracker features Jill Eathorne Bahr’s own choreography, which infuses the classical traditions of Marius Petipa’s.
The Nutcracker with fresh, neo‐classical style, giving it a vibrant and energized feel. Children’s Dances are staged by Patricia Cantwell and feature the spectacular sets designed by Backdrops Fantastic, and intricate and whimsical costumes by Don Cantwell, Claudia Folts and Travis Halsey. Divertissements featuring the talented dancers of the Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dance Education Young Artists Company.
The Nutcracker, a classical ballet in two acts based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, follows the enchanting journey of young Maria, who receives a Nutcracker as a gift at a Christmas Eve party. Her nutcracker is ultimately transformed into a handsome young prince, who leads her through an enchanted forest and on to the Palace of Sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy. Among the ballet’s most famous and memorable moments are a battle between toy soldiers and overgrown mice, a Christmas tree that grows to huge heights, the pas de deux of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, and a shimmering snow scene.
The 60 children’s roles in Nutcracker are performed by rotating casts of Charleston Ballet Theatre School as well as other dance students from other schools throughout the Lowcountry that auditioned through an open audition last September. Rehearsals have been ongoing since that audition.