The Nutcracker - A Grand Holiday Tradition
Saturday, December 14
Tickets**:$18 to $28
UIS, Sangamon Auditorium
Tickets are on sale now! For tickets, please call the Sangamon Auditorium Box Office at 217.206.6160 or visit their website HERE.
The Springfield Ballet Company proudly presents its 39th annual production of The Nutcracker, sponsored by Carrollton Bank; Drs. DeSanto, Nathanson & Knoedler; and Drs. McDaniel, Sternstein & Aleman.
Set to Tchaikovsky's enchanting score, The Nutcracker is a timeless holiday classic that follows Clara and her Nutcracker from a lavish Christmas party to a fierce battle with the evil Mouse king, then to a magical journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. The production features a cast of 130, including our Company dancers, local adult actors, young dancers from the community and professional guest artists.
"Our production of the Nutcracker has become more beautiful and enchanting every year. Don't miss this spectacular performance. It is the perfect introduction to ballet and the performing arts -- combining culture, fantasy, magic and holiday tradition set to a recognizable and delightful score. We are proud to be part of the holiday tradition for so many families in central Illinois," said SBC Artistic Director Julie Ratz.
Company member, Alana Aragon, will dance the role of Clara, with Carolina Ballet Theatre (CBT) guest danseur Peter Base as her Nutcracker Prince. Other guest dancers from CBT are Erica Wessleman (former SBC dancer) as the delicate Sugar Plum Fairy; Samuel Chester as her Cavalier; and Martin Justo, who will dance the roles of Snow King and Spanish Chocolate. Chicago-based dancer Todd Kiech will perform Arabian Coffee, and Company dancers Bailee Brinkman and Tiffany Riech will round out the featured roles of Snow Queen and Dew Drop, respectively.
The Springfield Ballet Company was founded in 1975 as a merger between Copper Coin Ballet and Ballet Concert Group. Grace Luttrell Nanavati and Dorothy Irvine were co-directors of the SBC when it staged it's first production of The Nutcracker; and Julie Ratz, SBC Artistic Director, performed as a soldier in the 1975 production.
Thank you to Scott Richardson for the design of our artwork.
**Springfield Ballet Company follows the same guidelines as the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office as it relates to ticket sales.
Sangamon Auditorium policy is as follows:
No refunds or exchanges between events.
Ticket exchanges are allowed within the same show or run of shows. There is a one dollar charge per exchanged ticket; patrons are responsible for any difference between the time and/or zone pricing. However, there are no refunds for the price difference. Ticket exchanges must be done in person at the Ticket Office. The tickets previously purchased must be returned at the time of exchange.
All convenience and handling fees are non-refundable. In the case of a show cancellation, only the face value of the ticket will be refunded.
Further information can be found HERE.