The Asheville Ballet, North Carolina’s oldest professional ballet company, has built a reputation on the belief that dance plays a vital role in the education and culture of the community.

As a key component of its Educational Outreach Program, The Asheville Ballet will perform its production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker for school children on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 9 a.m. at the Diana Wortham Theatre at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.

Seating is limited and confirmed on a first come first served basis. Thanks to generous patronage, we are able to offer children’s tickets at $6 this year. This popular opportunity fills up quickly.

For reservations call the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts at 828-257-4530.

The show, including intermission, lasts almost two hours. This is the real professional deal: original Russian choreography, men leaping, women twirling, jazzy rats, waltzing flowers, and a magical snow scene. We use full sets and elaborate costumes to create the theatrical experience we want young people to have. Those of you who have come before, please spread the word to others in your school, and other schools, so a maximum number of children can participate in this remarkable production.

There will also be showings of The Nutcracker open to the public on Dec. 13-15, at 7:30 and 2:30 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre.

The Asheville Ballet’s Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in Asheville for over 40 years. Children will be charmed yet again by ballet’s greatest classic. This all-time favorite story of Clara’s magical midnight trip to the Land of Sweets is classical ballet at its best. Snow will fall in the Snow Queen’s kingdom, the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy and her handsome Cavalier will dance their eternally lovely pas de deux, and beautiful flowers will waltz, and waltz, and waltz.


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