The holiday tradition of The Nutcracker will return to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center December 9-23, 2017. This will mark the fifteenth year this particular version will be performed. Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini reminisces and says, “I remember the discussions that took place in the early 2000s about how a new Nutcracker for Tulsa Ballet should be. Since its first presentation, the work has changed a lot, especially in the party scene. The rest, starting from the battle scene, has virtually remained the same.” Breathtaking choreography, elaborate sets and stunning costumes help bring this classic holiday fairytale to life.
While we continue to celebrate the success of our current version of The Nutcracker, Angelini is already busy at work planning for a new version. He says “The planned lifespan our current version was ten years, I am amazed that still, in its 15th season, the ballet is current in concept and look. By the same token, with the inception of technology in dance productions and the exponential growth of the company, we know the next version of this classic will be extraordinary. There is so much you can do today with hydraulics and projections that was not even on the horizon 15 years ago. The budget for the new production is set at 3.5 times the cost of the current version and will definitely wow our audience.”
Still, Angelini says, the current production has so much to offer to Tulsa audiences. Set in 1920’s Paris, the show pays tribute to both the birthplace of classical ballet and the art deco architecture of Tulsa. The battle scene is exciting and intense and the snow scene is intricate and dynamic, while the snow pas de deux is gentle and touching. The dances in the second act are some of the audience favorites, from the Arabian quartet to the Russian solo, not to mention the Waltz of the Flowers, a piece that showcases both the dancing quality of the company and the alternate casts of the lead Marie. Angelini says, “Our current version relies heavily on the choreography to create the excitement of the show. And that’s great for both dancers and patrons. The show is also short enough to keep the attention of the young patrons who come with mom and dad to experience the magic of the holiday season, and has enough dancing to make the piece exciting for adults as well.”
Each year during The Nutcracker, four generations share the stage. Over 100 students, TBII (the second company of Tulsa Ballet), the main company and retired dancers all come together to help create the unique and special holiday show. The students featured are given the opportunity to dance along the professional company. This year, the young cast members represent the communities of Bixby, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Coweta, Durant, Edmond, Glenpool, Grove, Inola, Jenks, Locust Grove, Oklahoma City, Porter, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Vinita and Wagoner. Tulsa Ballet is excited to give dancers throughout the state the opportunity to perform.
Artistic Director Marcello Angelini says, “The best moment of The Nutcracker for me is the end of the night, when I see happy faces leaving the theater. The original purpose of our version was to whisk our audience away from Tulsa on a magic carpet to a place and time where they would experience a story of innocent love, all told through dance. Even in its 15th season, this show still achieves this goal!”
Tulsa Ballet will once again offer a V.I.P. Experience for theater-goers who want to create an extra special tradition for their families. At $105 per ticket, the V.I.P. Experience package includes premium seating in the center section of the orchestra level, a keepsake Nutcracker autographed by the cast and an on-stage Dancer Meet-and-Greet with the stars of the show, which provides patrons the rare opportunity to see the sets up close and pose with costumed dancers for photographs.
A total of eight performances of The Nutcracker will run from December 9-23, 2017 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. All performances include live music provided by Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start as low as $25 and may be purchased by calling (918) 749-6006 or by visiting www.tulsaballet.org.
Dates: December 10, 16, 17, 23 at 2:00 p.m.
December 9, 15, 16, 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets to The Nutcracker start at $25.
The special Nutcracker V.I.P. Experience is available for just $105.
4-Show packages to Tulsa Ballet’s remaining 2017/18 Season shows begin at only $97 and include invites to special subscriber-only events.