Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
The holidays are made up of wonderful traditions and warm memories, and for many of us that includes attending the holiday ballet favorite, The Nutcracker. Carrying on this great tradition, Bristol Ballet prepares for its 2015 holiday evening and matinee performances of The Nutcracker on December 11, 12, and 13, at the Paramount Center for the Arts, in Historic Downtown Bristol.
Whether this is your first experience at a Nutcracker performance or your fiftieth, you’re sure to see something new. "This year we are excited to have more boys involved in the production. We held auditions for local community members and had a nice turnout", said Michele Plescia, Artistic Director of Bristol Ballet. "We have also added a character who is in a wheel chair, which gives the Party Scene a new depth and variation."
Some things remain the same, such as returning local actor and high school football coachMike Locke playing Drosselmeyer, and the four professional dancers returning to their same roles this year, by popular demand. "Everyone loved our guest artistsfrom last year, and we are thrilled that they are all able to return to their roles as Drosselmeyer, Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker, Snow Queen and Cavalier, and Arabian. It's fun to have some things remain the same and other aspects change from year to year. We hope it will peak the interests of audience members and keep them excited to return each year”, Plescia said.
Bristol Ballet Junior Company member, Collin White, will dance the roll of Clara. In addition, 47 Bristol Ballet students and company members, and close to 20 community members will perform in roles such as Angels, Russian, Marzipan, and Party Guest.
A new tradition in the making is the Gingerbread Ball. For the second year, Bristol Ballet invites families to meet some of the main characters in The Nutcracker. Families will enjoy delicious Blackbird Bakery gingerbread cookies, snowflake sugar cookies, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee at the Bristol Ballet Studio immediately after the Saturday matinee performance. Photos of the event will be provided to each attendee. The cost (which is separate from the tickets to The Nutcracker performance) is $10 per person. This was a sell-out last year, so reservations are strongly recommended, and may be made by calling Bristol Ballet, 276-669-6051.