Greater Niagara Ballet Company presents      'The Nutcracker'

35th annual production stars local dancers, actors, and parents

"The Nutcracker"

A long-standing tradition in Niagara Falls continues this holiday season. The Greater Niagara Ballet Company presents its 35th annual production of "The Nutcracker."

The show is on stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Niagara Falls High School Performing Arts Center, 4455 Porter Road.

A special on-school-time performance will take place Friday morning for area elementary school students.

"The Nutcracker" is sponsored in part by KeyBank.

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Lead Cast

Act I: Sophia Curry, 12, of Lewiston, and Tatum McLean, 12, of Niagara Falls, Ontario, will split time as Clara. Lewiston's Paul Thomas reprises his role as Uncle Drosselmier.

Following the party scene, guest artists Lily McEvenue and Irek Muchalski star as the Snow Queen and Cavalier, respectively.

Act II: Grace Gruarin (Youngstown) and Aniko Nagy (Lewiston) will take turns as the Dew Drop Fairy. They'll also share duties as Lead Candy Cane. Sara Humphrey (Tonawanda) and Sarah Waechter (Lewiston) will each have a turn as Mother Ginger. Twins Mariette and Serena Feltrin, of Niagara Falls, Ontario, will perform several roles, including Lead Chinese, Lead Spanish and Lead Arabian.

McEvenue and Muchalski will return to perform as the Sugarplum Fairy and the Sugarplum Prince.

The Story

"The Nutcracker" begins in the Silberhaus family living room, where family and friends have gathered to celebrate Christmas Eve. Clara, enchanted by the festivities, awaits the arrival of her mysterious Uncle Drosselmier, who brings magical presents for the party. In particular, he presents his niece with a very special Christmas gift: a nutcracker doll.

Clara finds it hard to sleep, so she sneaks into the living room to steal a glimpse of her new doll. As the clock strikes midnight, she awakens to see the Christmas tree magically growing, and her nutcracker coming to life to battle with the evil Mouse King.

After the great battle, the nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince who travels with Clara through the "Land of Snow" to the "Kingdom of Sweets."

Once there, the Sugarplum Fairy asks Clara to recount her adventures. As Clara is regaled for her bravery, the prince summons the "Sweets" and "Spices" from around the world to dance in her honor.

"The Nutcracker" is based on a tale by Ernest Hoffman and choreographed by Ivanov to the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It was first performed before the czar of Russia in St. Petersburg in 1892. It was brought to the U.S. in 1940 where, in its various interpretations, it has evolved into a beloved holiday classic.

A family favorite, the GNBC's version showcases dancers, character performers and parents under the direction of artistic director Beverley Feder, FISTD.

"The Nutcracker" 

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Ticket Information

Tickets to "The Nutcracker" are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. A family pack (two adults, two students) costs $40. Pre-sale tickets are available at various locations (including all Niagara Falls Tim Hortons locations; D'Amico Music on Pine Avenue; the Orange Cat Coffee Co. and The Village Bake Shoppe in Lewiston; Camp Bow Wow in Tonawanda; and Half Moon Bay Restaurant in North Tonawanda). Pending availability, tickets also will be available at the door prior to each performance.

About the Greater Niagara Ballet Company

The GNBC is a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) corporation dedicated to providing local dancers the opportunity to develop their talents in a professional theatrical setting; work with professional dancers from all parts of the world; build an understanding and appreciation of the ballet arts through ongoing educational workshops and performances; and participate in dance projects that establish the Niagara region as a high-quality ballet center.

GNBC productions are open to all ballet students by audition.

The company is online at www.niagaraballet.org.

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GNBC, United Way 'Sugarplum Fairy Breakfast' a hit

 

Thanks to the efforts of more than two-dozen volunteers, the "Sugarplum Fairy Breakfast" was a memorable event for the 230 in attendance at the Niagara County Community College Culinary Center in downtown Niagara Falls. Children danced with Greater Niagara Ballet Company ballerinas, were treated to "The Nutcracker" story (with costumed characters), and enjoyed breakfast with their family and friends.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the United Way of Greater Niagara and the GNBC.  

 

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Local dancers prepare for 'Sugarplum Fairy Breakfast,' 'Nutcracker'

Pictured, from left, are Anna Dugan, 9, of Grand Island; seamstress Cathi Sitzman; Currie; McLean; Elaina Jowdy, 11, of Lewiston; and seamstress Angela Currie.

Pictured, from left,are Anna Dugan, 9, of Grand Island; seamstress Cathi Sitzman; Currie; McLean;Elaina Jowdy, 11, of Lewiston; and seamstress Angela Currie.

The Greater Niagara Ballet Co. recently cast lead roles for "The Nutcracker," its annual holiday production. Sophia Currie, 12, of Lewiston, and Tatum McLean, 12, of Niagara Falls, Ontario (center) will split time as Clara when the KeyBank-sponsored show commences Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Niagara Falls High School Performing Arts Center.

First, Currie, McLean and the rest of the GNBC's ballet corps will participate in the second "Sugarplum Fairy Breakfast." The event, a fundraiser for both the company and the United Way of Greater Niagara, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the new Niagara Falls Culinary Institute on Old Falls Street. It begins at 10 a.m.

Tickets for the breakfast are $15 per child, $20 per adult, or $45 for two children and one adult. All children in attendance will receive a Barbie doll, breakfast, the opportunity to dance with GNBC ballerinas, and a chance to enter to win a special Holiday Barbie doll.

For more information, or for breakfast tickets, call 716-216-4582 or 716-745-3837. Tickets for "The Nutcracker" will be available at the "Sugarplum Fairy Breakfast."

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About the Greater Niagara Ballet Company

The GNBC is a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) corporation dedicated to providing local dancers the opportunity to develop their talents in a professional theatrical setting; work with professional dancers from all parts of the world; build an understanding and appreciation of the ballet arts through ongoing educational workshops and performances; and participate in dance projects that establish the Niagara region as a high-quality ballet center.

GNBC productions are open to all ballet students by audition.


Ultimate 2011 'Nutcracker' photo galleries!

Click above to see more than 100 total "Nutcracker" photos! (shots by by Kevin and Dawn Cobello/K&D Action Photo)

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'The Nutcracker': Dec. 7-8 at the Niagara Falls High School PAC

"The Nutcracker" 


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Special Guest Artist Lily McEvenue

Lily McEvenue Lily McEvenue (Snow Queen, Sugarplum Fairy) began her professional training at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada in 2005. In her three years at the school, she had the pleasure of dancing in August Bournonville’s “Flower Festival in Genzano,” and the polacca and peasant pas de deux in “Giselle.” She also starred as Clara and Snow Queen in “The Nutcracker.”

McEvenue continued her training with the former National Ballet of Canada principal dancer Gizella Witkowsky, and then at the School of Atelier Ballet and Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto.

She has performed at the Banff Festival for the Arts, The Cecchetti International Ballet Competition, The Juilliard School and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Fellowship Program. McEvenue danced at Springboard Danse Montreal (2012), where she worked with renowned choreographers such as Margie Gillis, Marie Chouinard and José Navas.

Most recently, McEvenue danced with Opera Atelier in Toronto, and at the Royal Palace in Versailles, France, as a member of the Artists of Atelier Ballet.

Lily McEvenue 


GNBC hosts Chiavetta's chicken barbecue

The Greater Niagara Ballet Company welcomes the community to a Chiavetta's chicken barbecue dinner on Sunday, Dec. 2, at First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston (corner of South Fifth and Cayuga streets). The event runs from noon until 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds benefit the GNBC.


United Way of Greater Niagara, GNBC to present annual ‘Sugarplum Fairy Breakfast’ on Nov. 10

Tickets for family available by pre-sale only

A popular family event is set to make its return to Niagara Falls.

Officials from United Way of Greater Niagara and the Greater Niagara Ballet Company announced that the “Sugarplum Fairy Breakfast,” an event that has been on many local families’ “must attend” list for several years, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, in the new Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. The event starts at 10 a.m.

All children in attendance will receive a Barbie doll, breakfast, an opportunity to dance with members of the Greater Niagara Ballet Company and a chance to win a special Holiday Barbie doll.

“Attending the ‘Sugarplum Fairy Breakfast’ has become a holiday season tradition for a number of families, and we hope to introduce the excitement of the event to more families this year,” said Carol Houwaart-Diez, president, United Way of Greater Niagara.

Due to the popularity of the event, tickets for the “Sugarplum Fairy Breakfast” will only be available pre-sale. Tickets for the breakfast are $15 per child and $20 per adult, or $45 for two children and one adult. Proceeds from the event will benefit United Way of Greater Niagara and the Greater Niagara Ballet Company. Tickets are available by calling United Way at 716-216-4582 or the Greater Niagara Ballet Company at 716-745-3837.

A volunteer-driven agency, United Way of Greater Niagara provides and supports numerous programs throughout Niagara County that focus on making the community healthier and stronger. Each year, more than 80,000 people benefit from nearly 75 programs, which United Way supports across the county. For more information, visit www.uwgn.org.  


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