Kingsport Ballet prepares for a vibrant, exciting season kickoff with The Nutcracker, December 15th-18th, 2016 at Northeast State College’s Wellmont Performing Arts Center. A holiday favorite around the world, this has proven to be the preferred family outing at this time of year.
The Kingsport Ballet production will be staged on Thursday, December 15th at 10am for school children. This show is already sold out. There will also be three public performances, December 16th and 17th, both at 7pm, and Sunday, December 18th at 2:30pm.
“By staging The Nutcracker the weekend before Christmas it provides folks an optimal event to kick off the season with the whole family,” said board president Lee Houston. “We had several sold out performances last year, so I intend to plan early and get our tickets in advance!” All seats are numbered and assigned and sold on a first come-first served basis. Tickets are available at the door provided they have not sold out prior to performance dates. Updates will be posted on the company’s social media outlets and their box office answering service.
Kingsport Ballet’s traditional Russian version is full of holiday warmth, elegance, and the magic of the season. Fittingly, they will once again feature and impressive slate of international artists, specifically Nations Wilkes- Davis and SeHuyn, principals with Columbia Classical Ballet. Nations and SeHuyn performed lead roles in Kingsport Ballet’s Swan Lake earlier this year, as well as for their own company. “They are young, talented, and very exciting to watch,” says Artistic Director, Valeria Sinyavskaya. “We also have an accomplished and strong company this year. Audiences will not want to miss their performances,” she said.
Kingsport Ballet will feature an expanded ballet boutique at the theater during The Nutcracker performances, as an extension of their in-house store, kbBoutique. Unique gifts, ornaments, holiday cards and Rifle Paper gift wrap are available for purchase.
Tickets are now on sale through www.kingsportballet.org or through the Kingsport Ballet facebook page. Purchasers may print their tickets at home, or pick them up at ‘will call’ the night of the performance. Children ages 4-11 will enjoy the traditional Clara’s Tea and Chocolate, which takes place just prior to Saturday evening’s performance on December 17th. The tea party is at 5pm, and tickets are sold separately at $10 per child, by calling Kingsport Ballet: 423-378-3967.
For school groups and homeschooled families who are unable to get seating during the sold out school performance of The Nutcracker, there is the option of making early reservations for Seeds of Change – a Centennial Production featuring a new contemporary ballet inspired by Kingsport’s history, as well as Chopiniana, a short romantic ballet popular around the same time as Kingsport’s founding – the early twentieth century. Seeds of Change will be performed March 16th-19th, 2017.