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The Nutcracker


Thursday, December 21, 2017 4:30PM
Mead Theatre - Schuster Center

The Nutcracker
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KAREN RUSSO BURKE choreographer
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY composer
NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Dayton Ballet invites you to Dayton's biggest and best holiday performance arts tradition . . . Dayton Ballet's beloved The Nutcracker.

With magical choreography by Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke, delectable sets by designer Ray Zupp, and stunning costumes by Lowell Mathwich, the story of little Clara and her adventures in the Land of Sweets comes to life on the Mead Theatre Stage. Dayton Ballet's The Nutcracker comprises an enormous cast, including the full professional Dayton Ballet company, dancers from Dayton Ballet II and the Dayton Ballet School, and over 100 children from the local Dayton area!

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Neal Gittleman, again takes up residence in the orchestra pit, giving Tchaikovsky's music the full, rich, gorgeous interpretation that it requires. The elegance, grace and sheer athleticism of Dayton Ballet's core ensemble and star dancers bring the drama to immediate, colorful life. Before the performances and during intermissions, the Schuster Center Wintergarden bustles with the excitement of the holiday season. Find the perfect holiday gift at the Dayton Ballet Boutique, peer into the famous whimsical Rike's window boxes, or treat yourself with candy and ice cream at the Graeter’s Sweet Shoppe.

With ten performances so close to the Christmas holiday, The Nutcracker is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with family and guests. Make this enchanting story ballet a part of your family's holiday tradition!