The Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association is performing Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, November 18, and Sunday, November 19, at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center.
Directed by Molly Koon Quist along with assistant director Sharon Nicklow-Cousins and assistant Sarah Jett, “The Nutcracker” offers artistic entertainment for family members of all ages.
“We have so many talented dancers in East Tennessee,” said Wendie Aurin, assistant production manager. “We are excited to have them showcase their creativity in such a classic ballet.”
Courtney Walker, Fancisco Aguilar, and Murillo Barbosa of the Georgia Ballet, as well as Howard Merlin of the Boston Ballet as Drosselmeyer, will join the talented cast, a press release said. Frank Murphy from Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX will also make a guest appearance.
Tickets for “The Nutcracker” are on sale at www.orcba.org, or they may be purchased at Mott’s Floral Design on Tulane Avenue.
Feature shows at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center are Saturday November 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets for these shows are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students.
An encore performance will take place on Saturday November 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets for this show are $10 for all seats, the press release said.
Prior to the encore performance, children age five and up are invited to the “Nutcracker Tea Party” at 12 p.m. to meet Clara, the Snow Queen, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Delicious brunch, Christmas crafts, and sugarplums will make this a memorable experience for the entire family. Tickets are $20 per child and include entry to the 2 p.m. matinee performance of the “Nutcracker.”
“We encourage everyone to wear their favorite festive party dress and join us in our magical kingdom of sweets,” Aurin said.
The performance is made possible by the generosity of the Arts Council of Oak Ridge, Tennessee Arts Commission, Realty Executives, Penny 4 Arts, Club ORNL, Downtown Digital USA, 91.9 FM WUOT, Scripps Howard Foundation, and the Dance Centre, the press release said.
Organized in 1963, the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association is the oldest continuously chartered nonprofit dance organization in Tennessee. ORCBA’s goal is to provide an opportunity to enjoy the arts for dancers and individuals through classic ballet, modern, character, and ethnic dance forms. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.orcba.org.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Wendie Aurin.
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