The Appalachian Ballet Company will present the annual holiday tradition – The Nutcracker in their 45th anniversary season. The production features live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. The Appalachian Ballet Company will present four public shows December 3rd at 7:30 pm & December 4th, 2016 at 3 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium AND December 9th at 7:30 pm and December 10th at 3 pm at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Two school matinees (includes K-8 curriculum guide covering common core standards) will be presented at 10 am at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on December 1st and 2nd.
Dancing the role of the Nutcracker Prince for the 45th anniversary season of The Nutcracker with the Appalachian Ballet will be Australian dancer, Aaron Smyth.
This international guest artist will be partnering ballerina Kylie Morton Berry, the Sugarplum Fairy, formerly with North Carolina Dance Theatre. Both audience favorites, Smyth and Berry performed together in the spring of 2015 at the Tennessee Theatre in ABC’s production of Cinderella and in last year’s Nutcracker performance.
This year’s production will include several new pieces of choreography featuring guest artists David Ward from BalletMet as the Snow King and Jeff Wolfe as Herr Drosselmeyer. William Cannon returns from New York to dance the role of the Arabian Prince with Koura Wright as the Princess. New sets, props and costumes will bring the charming and spellbinding production to life.
For over 100 years, this classic story has proven to be a favorite, enchanting audiences of all ages. Come see the magic with lavish scenery, glorious tutus, soldiers, snowflakes and sugar plums at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium or The Clayton Center for the Arts – the first and second weekend of December. For tickets call Knox Tickets 865.656.4444 or Clayton Center 981-8590.