Start your Christmas Season with the Mid Ohio Valley Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville on Dec. 3 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 Abby Baker, Hope Biram, Kelsey Fisher, Madison Fluharty, Breanna Herrick, Zoey Jenkins, Hallie McDonald, Olivia Mensore, and Faith Yoho. These students are all studying ballet at the Academy for Dance and Theatre Arts in New Martinsville and will be performing with the MOVB as the "Angels".
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. Intermission refreshments will be provided by Occasions Florist and Gifts.
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.
Local dancers appearing the upcoming presentation of The Nutcracker include, front row from left, Abby Baker, Hallie McDonald, Breanna Herrick, Faith Yoho; and back row, Zoey Jenkins, Hope Biram, Olivia Mensore, and Madison Fluharty. Not pictured is Kelsey Fisher.
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 and the Nutcracker, with Dennis Craig appearing as Herr Drosselmeyer. Company Members and Junior Company Members Emily Morris, Belle Huffman, Kristen Robinson, Casey Harker, Maria Petrella, Hannah Newhart, Rebecca Segrest, Chelsea Cobranchi, Gabrielle Kelley, Jessica Gainer, Haley Stephens, Jolene Craig, and Michael Dillon will perform various roles. Junior Company Member Jaymie Ferrebee will make her debut as Clara.
MOVB is a member of and receives partial funding from Artsbridge, a cultural development agency serving Wood County, W.Va., and Washington County, Ohio.
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, Dominion, 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 West Virginia Commission on the Arts. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact 304-455-2278.