onStageDayton would like to welcome a guest contributor, Gretchen Hindson. Gretchen has performed The Nutcracker with Dayton Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Charleston Ballet, and Festival Ballet Atlanta. She has also performed with the Young People’s Ballet Theatre, and most recently SMAG Dance Collective here in Dayton, along with multiple musical theater groups in the area.
‘Tis the season for warm holiday moments with your friends and family. Every family has their own special traditions. One of these may include a visit to the theater to watch the magical story of “The Nutcracker”. If you have never experienced the journey to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy, I highly recommend you attend a performance! It is a classic story loved by all children and adults alike.
Bring the whole family to see a performance of this holiday classic and make it a new tradition of your own!
The story involves a little girl who receives a special gift from her mysterious uncle on Christmas Eve. As the story unfolds, you are lead through a battle with the Rat King, a beautiful Land of Snow, and a trip around the world through the Kingdom of Sweets! Bring the whole family to see a performance of this holiday classic and make it a new tradition of your own!
There are multiple ballet companies in the Dayton area that bring this story to life. Some of these include Pontecorvo Ballet Studios, Miami Valley Dance Company, South Dayton Dance Theatre, and Dayton Ballet. Unfortunately, many of these production dates have already passed. Dayton Ballet however, runs through this weekend at the Schuster Center. Their particular cast of characters is uniquely designed around some of the most influential Dayton families of the early
1900’s. You will find familiar names, such as the Kettering’s and Schwarz sisters. The music of Tchaikovsky and artistic scenery also grace the stage.
“The Nutcracker” is a great way to introduce your children to the world of fine arts in dance and music. Hopefully this Christmas and, in years to come, you will be attending a local performance by any or all of our ballet companies in Dayton!
It’s not too late to start a great family tradition this holiday season!
Tickets & Performance Information
Dayton Ballet’s THE NUTCRACKER – Friday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm; Sunday, Dec. 19 at 2:30p. Performances at The Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center at One West Second St. Dayton, Ohio 45402
Visit TicketCenterStage.com for ticket information. Tickets also available by calling (937) 228-3630 or toll-free (888) 228-3630
Visit www.DaytonBallet.org for more information about the company and upcoming productions.