Ballet News

Tickets on sale Monday, November 1st for Ballet Idaho's The Nutcracker

Date: October 28, 2010 Contact: Heather Calkins 343-0556 x 22 Single tickets go on sale Monday, November 1st for Ballet Idaho’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Join Ballet Idaho at this classic holiday tradition on December 10th, 11th, or 12th at the Morrison Center, made possible as a gift to the community “from our family to your family” by the J.R. Simplot Company. With extraordinary choreography, beautiful sets and costumes, this celebrates the season in dazzling fashion —come watch a joyful and elegant Holiday Party at the Stahlbaum household, a children’s Christmas Garland Dance and discover unusual gifts from Herr Drosselmeyer -- a whimsical mechanical Mouse, a life-size Ballerina doll and, of course, a handsome Nutcracker doll. An astonishing growing Christmas tree captivates as we enter into a thrilling battle scene and delightful lands and kingdoms. Tchaikovsky’s classic score is performed live for each performance by the Boise Philharmonic musicians conducted by Robert Franz. A large and enthusiastic cast of student dancers and singers from throughout the Treasure Valley join the professional company on stage as angels, bakers and a variety of sweets. This year’s cast features Ballet Idaho Academy students returning to the stage: Cristina Zimmerman as Clara and the brother/sister duo Brenna and Sebastian Houk dancing the roles of Clara and Fritz. New this year is Jake Wolford, who will perform the role of the Nutcracker doll. Jake, age 17, trained since he was a child in hip hop and jazz and started taking ballet classes only two years ago. He joined Ballet Idaho Academy this year and will also travel with the entire company to tour Ballet Idaho’s The Nutcracker in Colorado Springs, CO this Thanksgiving weekend hosted by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. When asked what it means to have the opportunity to perform with a professional company and work with experienced dancers, he replied, “I hope it rubs off and I can continue dancing!” The Ballet Idaho Academy encourages talent and rewards hard work by giving students meaningful opportunities to perform on stage with the company. Ballet Idaho Academy is the only dance academy in the State of Idaho and the intermountain west with a professional company affiliation. Single tickets start at just $25 and range to $55 with both adult and child pricing in all sections. Contact your Select-A-Seat outlet, call 426-1110 or visit www.idahotickets.com. Discounted group tickets are also available by calling the Ballet Idaho office at 343-0556 or visit www.balletidaho.org. (((Editors: Photo and interview opportunities with dancers and the Artistic Director are available. We would be happy to help in making this a feature story for your publication.))) # # # #