BMO Harris Bank Sponsors John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker and Offers a Special Saturday Matinee

December 4, 2013

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BMO Harris Bank Sponsors John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker and Offers a Special Saturday Matinee   

The Sarasota Ballet in the world premiere of John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker in December 2012

The Sarasota Ballet in the world premiere of John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker in December 2012

For the second year in a row, BMO Harris Bank has signed on as the premiere sponsor for The Sarasota Ballet’s John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker. Taking the stage of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall December 20 – 21, this unique and personalized ballet is great for the whole family. Sponsoring all three performances, including a Saturday matinee that includes a children’s circus themed luncheon before the performance, BMO Harris Bank is proud to help bring this experience to the Sarasota community.

Inspired by the rich heritage that Sarasota shares with the Ringling Brothers’ Circus, this circus-themed interpretation of classic holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, will feature live music performed by the Sarasota Orchestra.

“It truly is a joy to bring this program back to the audiences of Sarasota. Having community partners like BMO Harris Bank help make that possible and our Company is so thankful and fortunate to work with such great people,” said Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet.

Set in New York City in the stylish art deco period, the freely-adopted story follows the fantasy of a little girl (Clara) as she runs away to join the Ringling Circus in Sarasota, Florida.  Reimagining recognizable characters from the 120-year-old ballet as celebrated circus figures from Sarasota’s past, John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker intertwines history, dance and imagination. Brought to life by international chorographer Matthew Hart, with set and costume designs by award-winning designer Peter Docherty, the ballet pays homage to the 1920s and 1930s, when the Ringling Circus was at its height.


Schedule and Ticket Information

John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker


The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 North Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, Florida 34236


Friday, December 20th

  •      Performance starting at 8:00 pm

Saturday, December 21st

  •     Pre-matinee family, circus-themed lunch at 12:00 pm
  • Matinee performance starting at 2:00 pm
  •    Evening Performance starting at 8:00 pm



Pricing and ticket information can be found online or call The Sarasota Ballet box office at (941) 359-0099 x 101.


About The Sarasota Ballet

Since 1990 The Sarasota Ballet, the Gulf Coast of Florida’s only professional ballet company, has been enriching lives, captivating emotions and strengthening the community through the art of dance. Under the leadership of Director Iain Webb, the Company’s expanded repertoire includes works by world-renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Dame Ninette de Valois, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Hans van Manen, Andre Prokovsky, Dominic Walsh, Christopher Wheeldon and Matthew Bourne.


About BMO Harris Bank

BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through more than 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank’s commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. and are subject to bank or credit approval. BMO Harris Bank® is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and CDN $549 billion in assets (as of July 31, 2013).

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