Throughout the Adirondacks and beyond, one holiday tradition that our family and many others look forward to each year is “The Nutcracker” ballet. This family-friendly ballet signals the holiday season with its period costumes, magic and adventure and this year there are several opportunities to see “The Nutcracker” in the Adirondack region.
According to North Country Ballet Ensemble board president Scott Tuller, their production this year features significant scenic and choreographic changes. They will awe patrons, Tuller said, whether they are new to “The Nutcracker” or have seen the ballet before.
“This a great opportunity for families to share a tradition. Our production is the biggest show that is done here. We have well over 150 people involved,” says Tuller. “I’ve heard people new to the production say how surprised they are by the level of professionalism.”
Professionalism seems to be the cornerstone of the North Country Ballet Ensemble considering its 17-year association with New York City’s Rebecca Kelly Ballet and other costumers and artistic staff. This year two NYC professional dancers will perform alongside the North Country Ballet cast of regional dancers. Rebecca Kelly Ballet principal dancer Therese Wendler will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy while American Ballet Theatre’s Mikhail Ilyin will dance the part of the Cavalier.
Tickets for the Plattsburgh performance are available at The Party Factory, 10 Plattsburgh Plaza. Plattsburgh performances will be held at the SUNY Plattsburgh Hartman Theatre (101 Broad Street) on Friday, November 27 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, November 28 at 2 and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, November 29 at 2 pm
Tickets for the Lake Placid performances can be purchased online or at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts box office for the December 5 (at 7:30 pm) and December 6 (at 1 pm) performances.
If you don’t have a chance to see these performances, the Adirondack Ballet Theatre will be presenting “The Nutcracker” on December 12 at 2:30 pm and 7 pm and December 13 at 2:30 pm at the Charles R. Wood Theatre in Glens Falls. Enjoy!