Milwaukee Ballet Dedicates 2010 Performance of The Nutcracker to Jack Stein

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~Stein Angels Program established in honor of Milwaukee entrepreneur~

MILWAUKEE – December 6, 2010 – Milwaukee Ballet and Stein Gardens and Gifts – two longstanding Milwaukee institutions – are deepening their partnership to spread holiday cheer throughout the city.

Milwaukee Ballet is proud to dedicate the 2010 production of The Nutcracker in memory of Jack Stein. Founder of Stein Gardens and Gifts, Jack was a fervent supporter of Milwaukee Ballet, as well as the city’s arts community. In 1998, The Joan, Jack, and Victor Stein Foundation donated $1 million to Milwaukee Ballet to create a brand new Nutcracker. The costumes alone took over seven months to create and more than a dozen seamstresses to complete. The Ballet continues to build on this gift and the support of sponsors to create an unforgettable theatre experience.

“Jack’s deep love and respect for the ballet was tremendous,” said Artistic Director Michael Pink. “Dedicating this year’s Nutcracker in his memory is just one way we honor Jack’s legacy.”

The Stein Angels Program is another way the Ballet is honoring Jack. Stein Gardens and Gifts will be contributing a percentage of sales from Nutcracker-themed merchandise to help initiate the program, which evolved from Jack Stein’s belief that every child should be able to enjoy The Nutcracker. The Stein Angels Program is an integral part of Milwaukee Ballet’s Education Department, which makes it possible for school children in our community to attend a performance of The Nutcracker. For more information or to donate, visit www.milwaukeeballet.org

In addition to the Angels Program, a variety of events and promotions abound to commemorate the season. Milwaukee Ballet patrons and Stein customers are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on tickets to The Nutcracker when they sign up for the Stein e-Garden Club. Ballet dancers will make special appearances at Stein’s Nutcracker Weekend December 11-12. Attendees will enjoy pictures with dancers, Nutcracker character photo cut outs, a chance to win tickets to The Nutcracker, and other themed activities. Stein Gardens and Gifts also provided the beautiful Christmas tree display in the atrium at the Marcus Center, which will be on display throughout the run of the production. For more information on these promotions and events, visit www.milwaukeeballet.org/stein-promotion

“Stein Gardens and Gifts is honored to partner with the Ballet to help provide the children of Milwaukee with access to The Nutcracker,” said Mark Birmingham, chief executive officer of Stein Gardens and Gifts. “We are extremely fortunate to have a world class ballet company in our city, and through exposure to the arts, we hope to inspire the next generation.”

The Nutcracker Ticket Information
The Nutcracker
runs December 10-26, 2010 at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee. 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.

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 representatives from Milwaukee Ballet, Stein Gardens and Gifts, and/or The Stein Family Foundation are available upon request.