The Magic of the Season Returns with The Nutcracker Dec. 10-26

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-Audiences of all ages continue to enjoy Milwaukee’s favorite holiday tradition-

MILWAUKEE – November 15, 2010 – With the holidays just around the corner, families are making plans to experience Milwaukee’s most magical holiday tradition, Milwaukee Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. Artistic Director Michael Pink’s production of this festive classic has set the bar high among Milwaukee’s holiday entertainment options. The Nutcracker is a dazzling production filled with elaborate scenery, lavish costumes and stunning choreography performed on stage December 10–26 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. There’s so much to experience in this holiday spectacle that audiences return year after year to see what they missed.

The Nutcracker story is based on the Tannenbaum family holiday celebration – a place where delicious food, festive dancing and gift-giving commemorate the special occasion. When young Clara falls asleep holding the nutcracker doll she received as a gift, her dreams take her and siblings, Marie and Fritz, into a land of make-believe where twirling snowflakes, flying angels and magical, fantasy characters tickle their imaginations.

Nutcracker History
In its humble beginnings, Milwaukee Ballet’s The Nutcracker began as a simple, yet grand pas de deux. A few years later, the Company expanded the production and performed what was a second-act excerpt of Tchaikovsky’s familiar score. Over the years, it’s grown into the holiday performance Milwaukeeans know and love today. Known for putting his own twist on classical stories, Pink shifted the production to a traditional version, enhancing the tale with new characters and a unique vision. Expanding upon Milwaukee Ballet’s outreach efforts, today’s production includes over 150 children from the nationally accredited Milwaukee Ballet School, young singers from the Milwaukee Children’s Choir and live accompaniment by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. The Nutcracker is not only a ballet; it’s a holiday spectacle, featuring 132 costumes and over 300 costume fittings in preparation for the big show.

Milwaukee Ballet has performed a full-length version of The Nutcracker since 1977. In 1998, the Joan, Jack and Victor Stein Foundation provided Milwaukee Ballet with a $1 million gift to create an all-new version of The Nutcracker. The costumes alone took over seven months to build and more than a dozen seamstresses to complete. Milwaukee Ballet continues to build on this gift and the support of sponsors to create an unforgettable theatre experience.

Ticket Information
The Nutcracker runs December 10-26, 2010 at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee. Tickets to the performance range from $25-$69. To order or for additional information, call (414) 902-2103 or visit www.milwaukeeballet.org. The Nutcracker is presented by the Joan, Jack and Victor Stein Foundation, and generously sponsored by MillerCoors. Family Hint: The Nutcracker is two hours long (including one 20-minute intermission) and is best enjoyed by children ages 4+ or those that sit quietly through a full-length movie.

Holiday Package
Upgrade to a Holiday, Group or Gift Package and make it a special event! The Ballet offers five custom packages, which allow Milwaukeeans to build a season that best fits their life-styles. Subscriptions also offer the best bang for the buck, with savings of up to 25% off the regular ticket price.

Nutcracker Tea
On Saturday, December 4, Milwaukee Ballet invites the young and young-at-heart to revel in this unique ballet experience. Held at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, this highly anticipated holiday affair for children includes favorite excerpts from The Nutcracker, a ballet lesson, Be-a-Ballet Dancer makeover, tea sandwiches, sweets, crafts, photos with a ballerina and a champagne welcome. Previous teas have been sold out, so the Ballet is offering two tea times: 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m. or 2-4:30 p.m. Admission is $75/adult and $25/child. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Molly Canan at mcanan [at] milwaukeeballet [dot] org or 414-902-2114.

Nutcracker Show Times
Pictures with Milwaukee Ballet Dancers available in the atrium after each performance!

Friday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 11, 12 p.m.
Saturday, December 11, 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 12, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 17, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 18, 12 p.m.
Saturday, December 18, 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 19, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 22, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 23, 12 p.m.
Thursday, December 23, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 24, 11 a.m.
Sunday, December 26, 1:30 p.m.

About Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 16 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of over 1,000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

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Note to Editors: Interviews with Milwaukee Ballet’s Artistic Director Michael Pink or the dancers, and high-resolution images are available upon request.