Oklahoma City Ballet to Stage Holiday Favorite  

 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, October 31, 2017- Oklahoma City Ballet will stage its holiday performances of The Nutcracker presented by Devon Energy at Civic Center Music Hall, December 9-19, 2017 for an 8-show performance run. This beloved holiday classic choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Mills stays true to the original libretto that premiered in 1892 at the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, under the direction of Guest Conductor Douglas Droste, will perform Tchaikovsky’s familiar score live at every performance.  

 

Single tickets start at $15 and are available starting October 31 through OKC Ballet and Civic Center Box offices. They are also available online at www.okcballet.org./performance/the-nutcracker/  

 

This classic tale tells the story of Clara, who receives a beautiful handmade wooden Nutcracker from the quirky Herr Drosselmeyer at a Christmas Eve party. That night, Clara sneaks downstairs to play with her new Nutcracker and is swept away to a fantasyland of toy soldiers, giant mice and dancing snowflakes. After saving her beloved Nutcracker from the Evil Mouse King, she is whisked away to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets and Toys, where she is treated to performances by fanciful dancing confections and toys, including the Sugar Plum Fairy.  

 

As an added treat, children are invited to make a craft as a keepsake, sponsored and provided by Oklahoma Contemporary. Following each 2:00 pm matinee performance, dancers from The Nutcracker will be available in the main lobby for photos and autographs, while patrons can enjoy refreshments courtesy of Braum’s.  

 

For the second year, the “Nutcracker Tea in the Kingdom of Sweets” will be held in Meinders Hall of Mirrors in Civic Center Music Hall on Sunday December 16, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. This event will take place between the matinee and evening performances, so that audience members from either performance may attend. The tickets to “Nutcracker Tea” are $30 per person and sold separately from performance tickets. For more information call 405-843-9898.  

 

Performances take place on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.; and Tuesday Dec. 19 at 7:00 pm. Single tickets may be purchased by calling Oklahoma City Ballet 405-848-TOES (8637) or online at www.okcballet.org/performance/the-nutcracker or by calling the Civic Center Box office at 405-297-2264. All performances take place at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 North Walker, Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Ballet Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 6800 North Classen, Oklahoma City.  

 

For a more information, tickets and list of available performances, call 405-838-TOES (8637) or visit http://www.okcballet.org/performance/the-nutcracker.  

 

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About Oklahoma City Ballet: Founded in 1972 by Ballet Russe dancers Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov, Oklahoma City Ballet has been the city’s professional ballet company for 46 years. It is the resident dance Company of the Civic Center Music Hall and currently boasts dancers from around the world. Led by Artistic Director Robert Mills, the Company produces five main stage productions per season in Oklahoma City and tours across Oklahoma and the surrounding states. Oklahoma City Ballet restages the classics in addition to neo classical and other works of the 20th century. It also regularly commissions new works from the industry’s leading choreographers.