Thursday, December 9, 2010

Richmond Ballet Opens "Nutcracker" Season

Performing its 28th annual "The Nutcracker" ballet together with the Richmond Symphony, the Richmond Ballet, including 100 to 150 ballet student dancers as young as seven years old, will dance onto Richmond's CenterStage for the second "Nutcracker" season performed in the newly-renovated Carpenter Center. Twelve performances of the ballet begin December 10 through December 23.

The Richmond Ballet’s "Nutcracker," considered among Virginia's most beloved holiday traditions, is resplendent with original choreography, lavish sets and costumes, and Richmond Symphony rendering Tchaikovsky’s score in full orchestral splendor. Choreographed by Richmond Ballet's Artistic Director Stoner Winslett, the production highlights include a 59-foot dragon created in China, a dancing butterfly, a Russian bear and mischievous lambs. Artisans from across the United States and abroad worked on the magnificent costumes under the direction of David Heuvel. The exquisite mouse and bear heads, which bring the characters to life with surprising animation, were created by craftsmen Robert Allsopp, from London, England, and Marvin Schlichting, from Toronto, Canada.

The original story, "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" by German writer E.T.A. Hoffman, was published in 1816. The one hundred eighteen year-old Nutcracker ballet was first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892.

Tickets are available from both Ticketmaster and the Richmond Ballet box office.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument