NEW?MARTINSVILLE - Start your Christmas Season with the Mid Ohio Valley Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker" at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.
Presented by ArtsLink and sponsored by Marble King, this timeless classic will delight and entertain adults and children alike as it fills the audience with the Christmas spirit. Local dancers appearing in the cast include Martha Doiron, Madison Fluharty, Sara Johnson, Sierra Martin, and Olivia Mensore.
Tickets may be purchased at the door and will be $10 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Children are welcome to don their party dresses or other holiday finery for this event.
The joy of Christmas is never more evident than in "The Nutcracker." This whimsical ballet brings beautiful fantasies, sugar plum dreams, and waltzing snowflakes to a very large adoring public. Parties, church celebrations, family and friends, and "The Nutcracker" are all part of the American Christmas experience.
The MOVB has toured extensively throughout a four-state region since 1981, presenting The Nutcracker to audiences of over 500,000, including thousands of public school children throughout West Virginia and Ohio.
Based on the book by ETA Hoffman, the ballet follows the dreams of a little girl named Clara. At the family Christmas party, her Godfather Drosselmeyer presents her with a mysterious gift of a nutcracker, and her jealous little brother, Fritz, promptly breaks it. As the guests depart, Clara comes quietly back into the living room to see her nutcracker and falls asleep there. Her dreams take her through a fierce battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker, a visit to the Land of the Sweets where candy dancers perform for her, and finally a journey through the snow kingdom with whirling, dancing snowflakes.
Suzy Gunter will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and guest artist Jason Tanner will perform as the Cavalier, with Christian Kaftanic as the Nutcracker, and New Martinsville's Greg Hughes appearing as Herr Drosselmeyer.
Company Members and Junior Company Members Hannah Smith, Leah Baker, Megan Martin, Kristen Robinson, Emily D. Morris, Casey Harker, and Belle Huffman will perform various roles. Junior Company Member Maria Petrella will make her debut as Clara.
Additional apprentice and trainee members performing include Jaymie Ferrebee, Hannah Newhart, Claire Collett, Jessica Gainer, Rebecca Segrest, Gabrielle Kelley, Haley Stephens, Brooke Nangle, and Danielle McCartney.
MOVB is a member of and receives partial funding from Artsbridge, a cultural development agency serving Wood County, WV, and Washington County, OH.
Additional support for this program made possible with financial assistance from the City of New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, Chesapeake Energy, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, and Ohio Valley Online. Grant funding has come from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.
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