The Nutcracker by the St. George Ballet
St. George Ballet Company, Shelia Bailey – Director
William F. Christensen presented the first full length production of The Nutcracker Ballet in the United States in 1944. In kind of Bene` Arnold and Florence Christenson, the St. George Ballet Company has established his original choreography in Act I, scenes 1 & 2 as a part of their Nutcracker. Grown-ups and children will delight in seeing the mice and soldiers in battle before Clara continues into the Snow Kingdom and the Land of the Sweets to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy. Dancers from around the world entertain the Nutcracker Prince and Clara along with bringing smiles to the faces of all involved.
The St. George Ballet Company in association with Westside Studio of Performing Arts, under the direction of Sheila Bailey, with assistants Bene’ Arnold, Amber Shakespeare and Deborah Dawn, has enjoyed putting on the annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet for 12 Christmas seasons in southern Utah. Many families have made attending The Nutcracker a part of their Christmas tradition.
The cast features over 120 local dancers who will be sharing the stage with professional dancers Erica Bryce dancing Sugar Plum Fairy with Troy McGee her cavalier. We welcome our own local master artist, Roy Fitzell playing Drosselmeyer.
Following Saturday’s matinee the children can attend Clara’s Party, “A Magical Journey”. The party is held on stage meeting characters and cast, taking a trip through the Land of Sweets, sliding down the Mother Hubbard slide along with seeing behind the scenes operations of putting on the production. A craft and treat also make this a fun activity for all. Tickets for Clara’s Party are $8.00.
The St. George Ballet Company invites everyone to attend the full length Nutcracker Ballet. The Nutcracker begins at 7:30 p.m. on December 12th, 13th and 14th at Desert Hills Theater. A matinee performance is on December 14th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at westsidestudio.org/tickets or call 674-9728. Ticket prices are $20 and $15 for obstructed view.
The St. George Ballet Company is honored to have something of such quality to present to our community that comes from their own children.
The Nutcracker 2013 Performance dates and times:
December 12th, 7:30 pm
December 13th, 7:30 pm
December 14th, 7:30 pm 2:00 pm (matinee)
December 14th, 7:30 pm December 21st, 7:30 pm
Performances at Desert Hills High School 828 East Desert Hills Drive
Call for ticket information at 435-674-9728