BalletNova will present “The Nutcracker” for six performances from Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 at Thomas Jefferson Community Theater in Arlington. BalletNova is returning to the Thomas Jefferson Community Theater this year after earthquake damage forced the company to find a new venue in 2011.
Choreographed by Nancie Woods and Caroline Frankil Warren to Tchaikovsky’s classical score, BalletNova’s full-length Nutcracker will lead audiences through the magical story of Clara and her mysterious Uncle Drosselmayer (a magician who can stop time) and adventures with giant mice, life-size dolls, faeries, beautiful Snowflakes and a lush Kingdom of the Sweets. A sophisticated 1940s Party Scene sets the tone for the family-friendly 1 hour and 45 minute performance.
BalletNova Conservatory student Giselle MacDonald, from Washington-Lee High School, will take on the role of Sugar Plum Fairy in this year’s performances. Her cavalier will be guest artist Barry Kerollis from Philadelphia, formerly a dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Performances are scheduled for Nov. 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 1 and 2 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Advance sale full-length performance tickets range from $20 – $31 with special discounts for students under 18 and seniors. All tickets are an additional $3 if purchased at the door. Thomas Jefferson Community Theater is located at 3501 2nd St. South, Arlington. For more information, visit BalletNova.org or call 703-778-3008.