Based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffman. A ballet in two Acts.
The ballet opens with a Christmas party at Clara’s house. For her present, her uncle gives her a Nutcracker doll. She loves the Nutcracker, and is sad when her jealous brother breaks it. But all is not lost: the uncle is a magician, and he repairs her toy.
That night, Clara dreams the Christmas tree grows to fill the room, and her nutcracker is a real boy as tall as she. Mice attack, but the Nutcracker defeats them. He takes her to the magical Land of Sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, and there is much dancing and merriment.
This year's performance features New York City Ballet principal dancers, Wendy Whelan and Charles Askegard.
About Darlene Myers (Artistic Director of Northeast Ballet Company)
Darlene Myers began her professional career with Pennsylvania Ballet Company. She went on to teach at Union College and the State University of New York at Albany, prior to opening her own ballet school. The Myers Studio has offered comprehensive training since 1985, and many students of the studio are dancing in professional companies worldwide today. In 1990 Ms. Myers founded Northeast Ballet Company, the resident company of Proctors, and she continues to serve as Artistic Director. Her choreography has been performed at numerous locations in both the U.S. and abroad.
About Wendy Whelan
At 8, Whelan was chosen by Artistic Director Alun Jones to appear as a mouse in the Louisville Ballet's Nutcracker, and she also started studying at the Louisville Ballet Academy. In 1981 she began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB - the official school of New York City Ballet). In 1986 she became a member of the corps de ballet of NYCB, was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 1989, and rose to the rank of Principal in 1991.
About Charles Askegard
Charles Askegard was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and began his dance training at the age of five. Mr. Askegard joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1987, and was promoted to soloist in 1992. In 1997, he left ABT to join New York City Ballet as a soloist. He was promoted to principal in 1998. Mr. Askegard appeared in the nationally televised Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts, "New York City Ballet's Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography" and “Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100” on PBS. He can also be seen in the documentary Ballet, directed by Fred Wiseman.
|Appropriate for all ages.||Running Time|
2hrs with one intermission
The Mainstage at Proctors
|Northeast Ballet's Annual NUTCRACKER||Saturday, December 10 - 7:00 pm|
The Mainstage at Proctors
|Northeast Ballet's Annual NUTCRACKER||Sunday, December 11 - 2:00 pm|