Kingsport Ballet prepares for an exciting season kickoff with The Nutcracker, December 15th-17th, 2017 at Northeast State’s Wellmont Performing Arts Center.
A holiday favorite around the world, this ballet is a popular family outing during the holiday season. The school performance of The Nutcracker will be staged on Thursday, December 14th at 10am. This show is sold out. There will also be three public performances, December 15th and 16th, both at 7pm, and Sunday, December 17th at 2:30pm.
“Staging The Nutcracker just before Christmas provides folks an optimal event to kick off the season with the whole family,” said board president Lee Houston. “We have had sold out performances for the last several years, 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. It is strongly advised to purchase tickets early.
Kingsport Ballet’s traditional Russian version is full of holiday warmth, elegance, and the magic of the season. Fittingly, they will once again feature an impressive roster of international artists, four guest performers with Columbia Classical Ballet – all new to the Kingsport Ballet stage. And as a special treat, the company will once again feature Lyvan Verdecia, recipient of the Princess Grace Award 2017 for his performance artistry. Mr. Verdecia has been a guest artist with Kingsport Ballet for three years and has been featured in several company productions, such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. He is a principal dancer with Ballet Hispanico, with whom he has performed around the world in addition to guest performances at the White House and other unique venues.
New instructor Odoardo Bordoni, who recently joined the KB faculty, has been assisting artistic director, Valeria Sinyavskaya with rehearsing of the ballet, as has Erika Ballard, long-time faculty member and modern instructor.
Kingsport Ballet will feature an expanded ballet boutique at the theater during Nutcracker performances, as an extension of their in-house store, kbBoutique. Unique, handmade 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 16th The tea party is 5-6pm, and tickets are sold separately at $10 per child, by calling Kingsport Ballet: 423-378-3967. Parent chaperons attend the tea party free of charge. All tickets to performances and tea party may now be purchased online through the website: kingsportballet.org
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 the company’s original, contemporary ballet inspired by Kingsport’s history. Seeds of Change will be performed April 13th-15th, 2018 at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid auditorium. Tickets are available through the company’s website.
Kingsport Ballet is a non-profit, 501-c-3 organization and is supported in part for general operations by the Tennessee Arts Commission, under an agreement with the General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. Outreach programs are supported in part by TAC’s Funds for At-Risk Youth, the City of Kingsport. The Massengil De-Friece Foundation and the Junior League of Kingsport. Additional support comes from area businesses and private donors.