THE NUTCRACKER RETURNS FOR 59th SEASON IN DRAMATIC FASHION

SALT LAKE CITY – November 10, 2014 – The New York Time’s principal dance critic called Ballet West’s The Nutcracker, “one of the best productions I’ve ever seen.” The time-honored production returns this year for the 59th season in a spectacular holiday presentation that will enchant children and delight families.

Choreographed by Ballet West Founder Willam Christensen, The Nutcracker will run for 23 matinee and evening performances from December 5 through December 31, 2014. Evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m., with matinees at 2:00 p.m. There is a special holiday matinee on Christmas Eve at noon.

Ticket prices range from $19 to $75 and are available online at www.balletwest.org, at all ArtTix outlets, or at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre Box Office, 50 West 200 South. Tickets may also be ordered by calling (801) 869-6920.

This year, Ballet West is honored to be returning, once again to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. to represent the finest in Utah arts with The Nutcracker December 10 through December 14.

The Nutcracker will also be performed in Ogden on Friday, November 28 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Val A. Browning Center, 1901 University Circle on the Weber State University campus. Tickets may be ordered at: www.symphonyballet.org.

Based on the fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann and set to the beloved score by Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is a classic ballet in two acts.   The story tells of a Christmas party at which little Clara, daughter of the house, receives the gift of a nutcracker from her mysterious uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer. After the party, she falls asleep and dreams of dancing snow, sugarplums, and her nutcracker, which has turned into a handsome prince.

Immediately following each matinee at the Capitol Theatre (except December 24), Ballet West will host on-stage Sugar Plum Parties for children. During the parties, young members of the audience can join the Sugar Plum Fairy and other favorite characters from the ballet for refreshments and a special treat. Tickets are $10 a person and are available by calling the Ballet West Ticket Office at 801-869-6900.

Artists: Beckanne Sisk and Christpher Ruud. Photo Credit: Luke Isley