Press Release- Ballet Palm Beach Presents The Nutcracker at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Photo Credit: Janine Harris
October 23, 2017 (West Palm Beach, FL) – Ballet Palm Beach is thrilled that for the first time ever their annual performance of The Nutcracker will move to the grand 2,195-seat Dreyfoos Hall at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 1, 2 and 3, 2017. With its superior acoustics and magnificent aesthetics, this new venue ensures an unforgettable experience for every guest.
Colleen Smith, Artistic Director at Ballet Palm Beach will debut a new interpretation of this timeless story with new choreography, plot, characters, sets, and costumes. “I am excited to recreate our Nutcracker matching the incredible talent of our dancers to our magnificent new venue and creating a memorable new holiday tradition for our community,” says Colleen Smith, Artistic Director of Ballet Palm Beach.
This completely re-imagined Nutcracker is a Christmas fantasy based more closely on E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story. Hoffman is known for writing fairy tales that teeter on the borderline between reality and fantasy. Marie falls in love with the Nutcracker because she can sense his noble spirit. He becomes her prince and together, in Act 2, they return to his Enchanted Kingdom to rule. There is an overarching message of holding onto childlike innocence and wonder, yet Marie is a young adult finding her first love.
In addition to featuring 60 local Ballet Palm Beach Academy student dancers and 20 local professional dancers, Ballet Palm Beach is thrilled to have the local talents of Will Linn, Elisa Saether, Paige Sleva and Karen Roraff creating costumes and Sean McClelland designing the set. The costumers transport the audience to Colonial India in Act 2 with rich and colorful costumes made of fabric imported from India. The set, much larger than would be possible at the previous venue for this production, is designed to bring the audience right into the Christmas Eve party in the Edwardian parlor of the Stalbaum home, through the Christmas Woods, and finally into the Prince’s Enchanted Kingdom!
“After dancing in this production on many smaller stages for more than 20 years, I am excited beyond belief to be creating Marie at a venue as grand and elegant as the Kravis Center for Performing Arts,” said Lily Ojea Loveland, Principal Dancer. “It’s a dream come true.” This production is underwritten in part by Lighthouse Partners.
About Ballet Palm Beach
Ballet Palm Beach, the professional ballet company of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ballet company dedicated to preserving the art of classical ballet by cultivating new visions in choreography, impacting the next generation through the discipline and power of dance, and enriching the community through this universal art form. Established in 2001, the company has become a fixture in Palm Beach County. Each year Ballet Palm Beach produces four main stage productions as well as outreach performances throughout the community. For more information about Ballet Palm Beach call (561) 630-8235 or visit www.balletpalmbeach.org.
The Nutcracker is the coming-of-age story of Marie who receives a mysterious gift on Christmas Eve. Adventures ensue as Tchaikovsky’s score draws Marie into a terrifying battle with the Mouse King, through a mystical snowstorm, and finally to the prince’s Enchanted Kingdom. The Nutcracker is suitable for all ages, delighting the young and the young-at-heart. Performances will be held on Friday, December 1st at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 2nd at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 3rd at 2 p.m. Tickets, starting at $19, are available through the Kravis Center Box Office by calling (561) 832-7469 or visiting kravis.org.