Come join us as we take a magical journey into the Land of the Sweets with Clara & the Nutcracker. This classic ballet brings joy and enchantment to the magic of the holiday season!
There are two opportunities to attend, December 13th and December 20th, from 1pm – 2pm, prior to the 2:30pm matinee performances, at the Boston Stoker on 2nd St, just across from the Schuster. Tickets are $10 per person (children or adults) and we suggest you purchase them in advance, as these will sell out!
Children will enjoy meeting both the Sugarplum Fairy and the Nutcracker! They will even have the opportunity to learn a few dance steps from our favorite Fairy! They will hear the story of the Nutcracker, so they can enjoy the ballet even more! Yummy snacks and hot beverages provided. And a few surprises! This is a wonderful way to expand on the holiday tradition of seeing Dayton Ballet’s The Nutcracker!
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.
If you had one, I hope you enjoyed your 2-hour delay or day off due to the snow this week! If not, I’m sorry! There are again lots of things to do this week, so even if jackfrost is nipping at your nose, don’t make it a big deal…bundle up and get out of that house!
On Wednesday, start the day at Taco Bell for Free Breakfast Wednesday. At lunchtime, there are several events going on downtown. You will be able to hear yuletide carols being sung by a choir if you attend the Dayton Holiday Festival’s Noontime Entertainment or the Noonday Carol Singat Westminster Presbyterian Church. If you work or volunteer for a non-profit, you’ll want to attend Results Now for Nonprofits at the main branch of the Dayton Metro Library. The colors of Christmas are red and green, so get in half of that spirit by attending the ‘Green’ Social Networking event at Franco’s. For you winos, attend the Wine Tasting at Dorothy Lane Market or the Weekly Wine Tastingat The Wine Gallery. If you’re a beero, attend the Mt Camel Beer Tastingat A Taste of Wine in Miamisburg. At the Spaghetti Warehouse, attend their Mayhem & Mystery Dinner Theatre ‘Hollywood Holiday’…if it’s too scary, you will find it hard to sleep tonight. For you corny folk like me, attend the Customer Appreciation Christmas Partyat Barleycorn’s, where it will be happy hour all day and there will be visits and gifts from Santa. And finally on Wednesday, at The Loft Theatre, attend 8-Track: The Sounds of the ’70s or catch The Wonder Bread Years at Victoria Theatre.
On Thursday, visit Santa at the PNC Second Street Market. Again at your lunch hour, attend the Dayton Holiday Festival’s Noontime Entertainment going on downtown. If you are a young professional who lives/works north of town, join HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Emerge) at The Caroline as part of their Third Thursday. In order to try a new beer or two, attend the Sierra Nevada Celebration at Spinoza’s or the Christmas Beer Dinner at Thai 9. I’m talking to you about beer, so I’m offering this simple phrase: Don’t drink and drive. Over at the Dayton Art Institute, watch as the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Presents African Americans in American Life. While there, take advantage of their Free Third Thursdays. Or crank out some tunes by attending Karaoke with DJ Carlat Therapy Café.
On Friday, there are many options for your lunch hour. If you would like to have lunch with an awesome group of young professionals, RSVP to the wonderful Andy Hickey and attend Generation Dayton’s 4th Friday lunchat Rue Dumaine (it’s actually the third Thursday this month because of Christmas!). Or, attend Bach’s Lunch feat. Carillon Brass, a band of brass instrument musicians, whose members are all part of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Plus, the concert is absolutely FREE! According to my schedule, fish fry season doesn’t officially start until the Holy Angels fish fry in January, but you don’t have to wait that long for a little fish as you’ll be able to have an All You Can Eat Fish Dinnerat Romer’s Bar and Grill. For those of us who still need to finish our Christmas shopping, we’re in luck as there is a Holiday Bazaar at Valeria’s Beauty Center and Day Spa. Don’t feel like cooking? Attend the Christmas Candlelight Dinner at the Dayton Woman’s Club. Or attend the December Wine and Food Extravaganzaat Kroger Fresh Fare. I looked at the menu and it sounds absolutely amazing, as there are many foods whose names I don’t know how to pronounce! To burn off all those calories, grab your ice skates and head over to RiversScape for their DJ Skate: Holiday and Top 40. Or if you feel like just kicking back, consider purchasing tickets to one of the many shows going on in the area, including Junie B. Jones; Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at Town Hall Theatre, The Nutcrackerat the Schuster Center, 8-Track: The Sounds of the ’70s at The Loft Theatre, Christmas Belles at the Dayton Playhouse, the The Wonder Bread Years at Victoria Theatre, or Irving Berlin’s White Christmasat La Comedia.
Plan to make Saturday a day with your kids…or at least part of it. And if you’re like me and don’t have any kids, you can just act like one, or perhaps give somebody’s parents a break and borrow one. (My mom said she wished somebody would borrow me. Yep, she actually said that…luckily followed by a just kidding!) So with kid/s in tow, attend Breakfast with Santa at Carillon Park or stop by the PNC 2nd Street Market as Santa Visits the Market, where he has probably loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh! While there, drop off your non-perishable items for Food for Friends. In addition to helping those who are less fortunate, you’ll also be setting a great example for the little ones! You can then visit the Wonderland Windows and do a little shopping at The Tike’s Shop, which are both at the Schuster Center. At Kettering Tower, check out Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display. A little later, take those kiddos to The Neon to watch ‘The Grinch’ as part of their Family Movie Series. Looking for a pet? Consider attending the Iams Home 4 the Holiday Pet Adopt-a-thon Event.
There are many other options for Saturday as well! If you’d like to see a show, consider seeing Christmas Belles at the Dayton Playhouse, The Wonder Bread Years at Victoria Theatre, The Nutcrackerat the Schuster Center, Junie B. Jones; Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at Town Hall Theatre, or 8-Track: The Sounds of the ’70s at the Loft Theatre. Help to make the season bright by attending the Musica! Christmas Seasonal Concertat Fairhaven Church. I have heard that Musica! has been working hard to put on a great performance! All you “Flyer Faithful” will want to be at the UD Arena as the Flyers take on Western Carolina. And although I have never been to one, you can also attend The Mu Crew Christmas Drag Showto benefit the AIDS Resource Center…there might not be folks dressed up like eskimos, but I am sure they will be wearing some interesting clothes! I didn’t mean for it to, but that sort of rhymed…I guess I’m a poet and didn’t even know it.
On Sunday, have a Victorian Christmas Brunch at the Dayton Woman’s Club. You will also have the opportunity to take your child to the Schuster Center to have Some-Fun, see the Wonderland Windows display, and shop at The Tike’s Shop…I’m sure there will be lots of tiny tots with their eyes all aglow! If you love architecture, then you will definitely want to attend the Architectural Church Tour which will take you through four different churches built in the late 19th/early 20th century. This shuttled tour is 100% free! If you didn’t get a chance to see Musica! perform on Saturday night, consider checking them out at the Lutheran Church of our Savior for their Christmas Seasonal Concert. And for some theater options, go to the Dayton Playhouse to see Christmas Belles, the Victoria Theatre for The Wonder Bread Years, the Schuster Center for The Nutcracker, Town Hall Theatre for Junie B. Jones; Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, La Comedia for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, or The loft Theatre for 8-Track: The Sounds of the ’70s. And if you would like somebody to hit your funny bone, see Latin Kings of Comedy- Alex Reymundo at Dayton Funny Bone. I have two funny bones, but I think Dayton only has one.
And now it’s time for the Dumb Joke of the Week. Drum roll please…
Why does Santa have three gardens?
So he can hoe hoe hoe.
These are just a few best bets from the DMM Calendar. There are plenty more events listed there, so if you haven’t, I encourage you to check it out today! Also, if you have an event to share or promote, please submit it– it’s great marketing and better yet, it’s FREE! And finally, if you have a dumb joke to share, I’m all ears!
Although it’s been said many times, many ways, have a GREAT week Dayton!