The Washington Ballet presents The Nutcracker

October 24, 2013

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The Washington Ballet presents The Nutcracker

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December 5 – December 29 at the Warner Theatre

And November 30 and December 1 at THEARC Theater

 

Septime Webre’s Historic Washington, DC Adaptation of the Classic Holiday Favorite!

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) celebrates Septime Webre’s, The Nutcracker, at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, DC December 5 through December 29. In addition to the 26 performances at the Warner Theatre, TWB’s The Nutcracker will have four performances at THEARC Theater in Southeast DC on November 30 and December 1.

The Washington Ballet presents a fresh take on a timeless classic with a tribute to our nation’s capital in Septime Webre’s adaptation of The Nutcracker. This DC-centric version of The Nutcracker contains many layers of American iconography, history and ideals.

“The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a classic holiday tale of coming of age set to some of the most glorious music written for ballet with an American twist.” stated TWB’s Artistic Director, Septime Webre. “Ballet lovers new and old will delight in the spectacle of this magical production.”

The Story

The Nutcracker tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker as a gift at a Christmas Eve party in her family’s 1882 Georgetown mansion. Later that evening she encounters a battle of Revolutionary War soldiers led by the Nutcracker (George Washington) battling the frightful King Rat (King George III).  After winning the battle, the Nutcracker, now a handsome prince, leads Clara on an exhilarating and wondrous journey with the Snow Queen and King, Sugar Plum Fairy, cherry blossoms, Anacostia Indians, a frontiersman, cardinals and more.

Background

In 1891, the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa commissioned Tchaikovsky to write the music for a ballet based on the book The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. A year later, the first Nutcracker was performed by the Kirov Ballet in the Mariinsky Theater, in St. Petersburg, Russia. However, the reviews were not favorable. In the 1930’s and 40’s The Nutcracker began to make its way through Europe and eventually to the US. By the 1960’s, The Nutcracker had become a popular production and is now a holiday staple for many families all over the world.  The Washington Ballet has performed different versions of The Nutcracker in Washington, DC for more than 50 years.

Set to the beloved music by Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky, The Washington Ballet’s acclaimed production features stunning choreography by Septime Webre, fantasy sets by Peter Horne, extravagant costumes by Judanna Lynn and lighting by Tony Tucci. 

At each performance, theatre-goers will be able to purchase unique gifts including an exclusive The Washington Ballet Nutcracker from TWB’s Sugar Plum Shoppe located in the lobby of the Warner Theatre.  Merchandise for sale includes a large variety of specialty Nutcracker items including The Washington Ballet’s signature The Nutcracker T-shirts and Nesting Dolls.

Tickets for The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre, priced from $32* to $112*, are now on sale and can be purchased at Washington Ballet’s website, 202.397.SEAT (7328) or the Warner Theatre Box Office. The Warner Theatre is located at 513 13th St, Washington, DC 20004 *Ticket prices include $2 Warner Theatre preservation fee.

Tickets for The Nutcracker at THEARC, priced from $35 to $50, are available online or 202.362.3606 x605.Specially priced $15 tickets are available for Ward 7 & 8 residents through The Washington Ballet @THEARC offices. THEARC Theater and The Washington Ballet @THEARC offices are located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington, DC. 

The Nutcracker (2004)

Music: Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Septime Webre

Scenic Design: Peter Horne

Costume Design: Judanna Lynn

Lighting Design: Tony Tucci

For years, generations of Washingtonians have grown up loving—and introducing loved ones to—The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker.  This one-of-a-kind Nutcracker, set in 1882 Georgetown, stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker, King George III as the villainous Rat King, Anacostia Indians, frontiersmen, and many other all-American delights. Set to the iconic music of Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky, the vibrant performance features scenic designs by Peter Horne, costume designs by Judanna Lynn and lighting design by Tony Tucci. Discover, rediscover, and celebrate this all-American Nutcracker December 5 through December 29, 2013 at the historic Warner Theatre previews November 30 – December 1, 2013 at THEARC Theater.

At THEARC Theater
Saturday, November 30 at 1 PM & 5:30 PM

Sunday, December 1 at 1 PM & 5:30 PM

 

At The Warner Theatre

Thursday December 5, 2013 at 7:00PMFriday December 6, 2013 at 7:00PM
Saturday December 7, 2013 at 2:00PM & 7:00PM
Sunday December 8, 2013 at 1:00PM & 5:30PM
Wednesday December 11, 2013 at 7:00PM
Thursday December 12, 2013 at 7:00PM
Friday December 13, 2013 at 7:00PM
Saturday December 14, 2013 at 2:00PM & 7:00PM
Sunday December 15, 2013 at 5:30PM
Thursday December 19, 2013 at 7:00PM
Friday December 20, 2013 at 7:00PM
Saturday December 21, 2013 at 2:00PM & 7:00PM
Sunday December 22, 2013 at 1:00PM & 5:30PM
Monday December 23, 2013 at 7:00PM
Tuesday December 24, 2013 at 1:00PM & 5:30PM
Friday December 27, 2013 at 2:00PM & 7:00PM
Saturday December 28, 2013 at 2:00PM & 7:00PM
Sunday December 29, 2013 at 1:00PM

 

Tickets:

Tickets for Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre are priced from $32* to $112 and can be purchased online, 202.397.SEAT (7328) or the Warner Theatre Box Office. The Warner Theatre is located at 513 13th St, Washington, DC 20004 *Ticket prices include $2 Warner Theatre preservation fee.

Tickets for The Nutcracker at THEARC, priced from $35 to $50, are available at online or 202.362.3606 x605. Specially priced $15 tickets are available for Ward 7 & 8 residents through TWB@THEARC offices. THEARC Theater and TWB@THEARC offices are located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SEC, Washington, DC.

 

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON BALLET

Originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day and incorporated as a professional company in 1976, The Washington Ballet (TWB) is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States.  TWB built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, including Choo-San Goh, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and Nacho Duato, as well as Neoclassical masterworks and fresh stagings of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre, Director of The Washington School of Ballet Kee Juan Han, and Managing Director Arthur Espinoza, TWB embraces a three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs.

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