Nevada Ballet Theatre's (NBT) production of The Nutcracker returns for its second year
Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) production of The Nutcracker returns for its second year with new elements and surprises on December 14 through December 22 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Avenue.* Denotes performances with full orchestra
Ticket prices range from $29-$178 (plus fees) and can be ordered by calling The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at (702) 749-2000 or by visiting here.
Dates for the 2013 production of The Nutcracker are: Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 pm*, Sunday, December 15 at 2pm* & 7:30pm,* Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30pm, Thursday, December 19 at 7:30pm, Friday, December 20 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 21 at 2pm & 7:30pm* and Sunday, December 22 at 2pm* & 7:30pm*.
Drawing from the original tale of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Artistic Director James Canfield uses the famous ETA Hoffman story as the inspiration for this production. "Enjoying its world premiere last December, audiences experienced an exquisite world of fantasy and imagination on the majestic stage in Reynolds Hall," said NBT Artistic Director James Canfield. "This year, our team has been working on new ways to enhance and embellish this all-new production with elements and effects that will only add more delight to the overall experience."
With the theme of time as a continual thread throughout this Victorian-inspired version, a wondrous world of exaggerated perspective will transport audiences as extraordinary and ornamental figures such as a flying rocking horse, waltzing flowers and a fairy for all seasons come to life – along with some of the most beloved and traditional characters including Clara, Drosselmeyer, Mother Ginger and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
"Unique to our production is a life-sized Victorian dollhouse, complete with a 30 foot tall growing Christmas tree – as well as doors and grandfather clocks that range over 15 feet tall – all elements that are scaled to fit, utilizing the entirety of the Reynolds Hall stage," said James Canfield. "This larger-than-life production will hopefully evoke feelings of wonderment for both adults and children alike, providing them a setting with which to fully embrace the holiday season."
The reach of The Nutcracker extends beyond performers, utilizing local production crews, musicians, ushers and volunteers. A vital community investment for any city, NBT's The Nutcracker utilizes the talents of respected Las Vegas-based scenic shops including Blue Line Studios and PRG, as well as local and national artists such as Scenic and Properties Designer Patricia Ruel and Costume Designer Sandra Woodall, key players in bringing this fantastical production to life.
In addition to utilizing NBT's entire professional company, The Nutcracker includes important roles for almost 100 children from the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre as well as scholarship students from NBT's Education and Outreach Program, Future Dance. "This level of exposure and commitment prepares these young people for what lies ahead in their performance careers and therefore is probably the most important aspect of their training," said James Canfield.
"Every world class city has a great ballet company and not one of them is without a production of The Nutcracker, The Nutcracker is a way of life for every company, large or small. There is no other work in the ballet repertoire that embraces the community it serves by extending to all cultures and diverse populations – where for two hours, everyone has the opportunity to experience something unique and beautiful." Artistic Director James Canfield
On Friday, December 20 at 11 am, over 1,000 local students will receive the opportunity to witness the magic of Act II of The Nutcracker as part of NBT's School Matinee Series. Students receive a study guide prior to attending the performance and a special question and answer period will follow the show.
"During the creative process, we look at what is happening in the world around us and seek to combine that with ballet history and tradition. This particular version of The Nutcracker allows me the unique opportunity to be a part of both ballet as art and ballet as spectacle!" Costume Designer Sandra Woodall
NBT HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE & CHARACTER PHOTOS
As an added experience, patrons will enjoy a special holiday boutique located in The Smith Center lobby. Professional on-site photographs with the Nutcracker characters will be available for purchase by Cashman Photography on the Nutcracker red carpet.
NBT PRESENTS INSIGHTS
As a benefit for ticket holders, NBT will present Insights with Director of Education & Outreach, Terané Comito. Insights is a free, pre-performance experience with in-depth commentary and multimedia content, designed to engage, enlighten and entertain audiences in preparation for the performance they are about to see. Insights will take place 45 minutes prior to curtain in the Troesh Studio Theater. Patrons must have a ticket to the performance to attend. Generously Supported by National Endowment for the Arts and Nevada Prepaid Tuition.
Insights for The Nutcracker will be offered at the following performances:
· Sunday, December 15 at 2 pm
· Sunday, December 15 at 7:30 pm
· Saturday, December 21 at 2 pm
· Saturday, December 21 at 7:30 pm
· Sunday, December 22 at 2 pm