The Washington Ballet presents

October 23, 2012

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The Washington Ballet presents

    nutcracker

November 29 – December 23 at the Warner Theatre

2012 marks the 120th Anniversary of 

The Nutcracker

November 24 and 25 at THEARC Theater

The Nutcracker Tea Party December 9

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) celebrates the 120th anniversary of the first performance of The Nutcracker by bringing Septime Webre’s, The Nutcracker, to the historic Warner Theater in Washington, DC November 29 through December 23. In addition to the 30 performances at the Warner, TWB’s The Nutcracker will have four performances at THEARC Theater in Southeast DC on November 24 and 25Tickets may be purchased by visiting The Washington Ballet’s website or calling 202.397.SEAT (7328).

 

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 1930s and 40s The Nutcracker began to make its way to Europe and eventually to the US.  By the 1960s The Nutcracker had become a popular production and is now a holiday staple for many families.

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

“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 a fresh new twist.” stated TWB’s Artistic Director, Septime Webre.  “Ballet lovers new and old will delight in the spectacle of this magical production.”

The Nutcracker features TWB’s Company and Studio Company artists alongside 400  of The Washington School of Ballet students from three school campuses in Northwest and Southeast, DC and Alexandria, Virginia.

At each performance, theater-goers will be able to purchase unique gifts from TWB’s Sugar Plum Shoppe. Merchandise for sale includes a large variety of specialty Nutcracker items and apparel.

TWB will also host the beloved Nutcracker Tea Party at the Willard InterContinental Hotel on December 9th, immediately following the 1PM matinee performance of The Nutcracker. For more information on this event, please call the Manager of Special Events, Elizabeth Sizer at 202.274.4518.

Tickets for The Nutcracker at THEARC, priced from $30 to $45, are available online (follow the link above) 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.

 

The Nutcracker (2004)

 

Music by Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky

Choreography by Septime Webre

Scenic Design by Peter Horne

Costume Design by Judanna Lynn

Lighting Design by Tony Tucci

For years, generations of Washingtonians have grown up loving—and introducing loved ones to—TWB’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 production November 29 through December 23, 2012 at the historic Warner Theatre (additional performances at THEARC Theater, November 24 and 25).

 

At THEARC Theater
Saturday, November 24 at 1 PM & 5:30 PM

Sunday, November 25 at 1 PM & 5:30 PM

 

At the Warner Theatre

Thursday, November 29 at 7 PM
Friday, November 30 at 7 PM
Saturday, December 1 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Sunday, December 2 at 1 PM & 5:30PM
Wednesday, December 5 at 7 PM
Thursday, December 6 at 7 PM
Friday, December 7 at 7 PM
Saturday, December 8 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Sunday, December 9 at 1 PM & 5:30 PM
Wednesday, December 12 at 7 PM
Thursday, December 13 at 7 PM
Friday, December 14 at 7 PM
Saturday, December 15 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Sunday, December 16 at 1 PM & 5:30 PM
Tuesday, December 18 at 7 PM
Wednesday, December 19 at 7 PM
Thursday, December 20 at 7 PM
Friday, December 21 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Saturday, December 22 at 2 PM & 7 PM

Sunday, December 23 at 1 PM & 5:30 PM

 

Tickets for The Nutcracker at THEARC, priced from $30 to $45, are available 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 and Executive Director Peter M. Branch, 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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