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Huntsville Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” returns for the holiday season

Tickets Now Available for Performances December 9-11 at the Von Braun Center

HUNTSVILLE – Tickets are now available for Huntsville Ballet’s 53rd annual production of “The Nutcracker,” accompanied by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Performances are scheduled for December 9-11 at the Von Braun Center’s Mark C Smith Concert Hall. The production features Huntsville Ballet’s entire roster of professional dancers, complemented by a cast of over 80 students from Huntsville Ballet School, the official school of Huntsville Ballet.

“The Nutcracker” tells the story of the Nutcracker, a gift from Clara’s mysterious godfather Drosselmeyer. As the magical Nutcracker comes to life, the characters are whisked away to The Land of the Sweets, where they are welcomed by the Sugar Plum Fairy and entertained by a dazzling array of colorful characters. Highlights of the production include a magical growing Christmas tree, an onstage blizzard of snowflakes, dancing flowers, and Mother Ginger’s iconic skirt.

This timeless and inventive classical ballet is set to Tchaikovsky’s treasured score performed by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. “We are extraordinarily grateful to be back on stage with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra for the 2022 holiday season and excited to present a classical portrayal of the characters that Huntsville, as well as the entire ballet world, have grown to love,” says Phillip Otto, Artistic Director of Huntsville Ballet. The set is designed by David Harwell, the theater program director at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), and costumes are designed by Lisa Ordway, Resident Costume Designer at Huntsville Ballet.

Performances are scheduled for Friday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 11, at 1 p.m.

Special Performances

It is Huntsville Ballet’s honor, along with supporting community partners, to host Active Duty, Retired, Guard, and Reserve military members and their families at the 18th Nutcracker Military Night on December 8, 2022.

The Outreach and Education Department of Huntsville Ballet will once again welcome up to 3,700 area third grade students to the VBC Concert Hall for two specially scheduled closed performances on December 8 & 9, 2022.

Showtimes and Ticket Information

Group discount rates are available. To purchase tickets, visit www.huntsvilleballet.org/tickets or call (256) 539-0961.

For more information, contact Huntsville Ballet at (256) 539-0961 or by email at companymanager@huntsvilleballet.org.

About Huntsville Ballet

Patrons from across Alabama and the Tennessee Valley travel to Huntsville to enjoy the artistry of Huntsville Ballet’s professional dancers, complemented by the work of pre-professional and junior company members and guest artists. Audiences enjoy the art of classical ballet in performances like “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Firebird,” and “The Sleeping Beauty,” as well as new and diverse choreography featured in works like “Stage Door Canteen” and “The Tumbleweed Suite.” Huntsville Ballet’s annual performances of “The Nutcracker” afford students from Huntsville Ballet School the opportunity to audition and perform alongside the professional company. Huntsville Ballet’s performances and outreach programs serve the community by reaching broad audiences to share the wonder of classical ballet. Huntsville Ballet Company and School operate under the umbrella of the Community Ballet Association, Inc., a non-profit member of the state and local Arts Councils, incorporated in 1964.

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