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Holiday classic, The Nutcracker comes to Rutland

Photo courtesy of Paramount Theatre
The New York Theatre Ballet comes to Rutland's Paramount Theatre for a not-to-be missed performance of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker.

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) presents The Nutcracker, an enchanting holiday ballet, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

This classic retelling of the Nutcracker begins on Christmas Eve with toy maker Drosselmeyer's arrival carrying an endearing nutcracker doll, and includes a lively mouse queen with a 18-foot-tail, a journey through the Land of Snow and, of course, a sweet romance between a young woman and her nutcracker prince. From clockwork imps to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement.

The Nutcracker is set in Art Nouveau style circa 1907 featuring innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer, Keith Michael, set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, and costumes by Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera, Sylvia Nolan.
New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB), founded in 1978 by artistic director Diana Byer, is the most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States. NYTB is dedicated to inspiring a love of dance in diverse audiences through performances of chamber ballet masterpieces and bold new works for adults, and innovative one-hour ballets for children-all at affordable prices. By pairing the ballets of legendary creators, including Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Agnes deMille, José Limón and Jerome Robbins, with those of contemporary visionaries such as Pam Tanowitz, Antonia Franceschi and Gemma Bond, it brings audiences a new understanding and appreciation of dance. NYTB's approach to dancing for children is groundbreaking and unique. It is the only adult ballet company in the country that also presents an annual series of hour-long ballets tailored to the attention span of young audience members, while offering high production values and clever choreography sophisticated enough for discerning parents. NYTB is committed to bringing ballet to smaller cities and venues where it is less-often performed as well as to reaching under-served audiences, especially children. Its professional school provides scholarships to talented homeless and under-served children.

Tickets for The Nutcracker ($18.50 for students and $28.50 for adults) are available online at ParamountLive.org and at The Paramount Theatre Box Office located in downtown Rutland, VT. Charge by phone orders can be placed by calling (802) 775-0903. This holiday ballet tradition is perfect for children and adults alike, with clever choreography sophisticated enough for the most discerning parent.