Nutcracker returns for 46th season

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Appalachian Ballet Company will present the annual holiday tradition – The Nutcracker in their 46th anniversary season. The production features live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. The Appalachian Ballet Company will present four public shows December 2nd at 7:30 pm & December 3rd at 3 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium AND December 8th at 7:30 pm and December 9th 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 Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st.

Dancing the role of the Nutcracker Prince will be dancer David Ward who trained at English National Ballet School and most recently danced with Ballet Met in Ohio. This international guest artist will be partnering ballerina Laura Morton, the Sugarplum Fairy, formerly with The Atlanta Ballet. This year’s production will include several new pieces of choreography featuring guests artists Addison Ector from Complexions, a New York based dance company, as the Snow King and Jeff Wolfe as Herr Drosselmeyer. Owen Scarlett from Chicago will dance the role of the Arabian Prince. 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. Photo submitted.

For tickets visit appalachianballet.com.