'The Nutcracker' is centerpiece of holiday dance shows
11:11 PM, Nov 23, 2013
Many local families have grown up with The Nutcracker at the center of their lives.
Young girls graduate to better roles through their elementary and high school years. Even some of the Rochester City Ballet members have grown into their professional lives here by taking on more difficult roles in the annual show as they got older.
Each year, Rochester City Ballet accompanied by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bach Children’s Chorus try to freshen the show in some way. This year, RCB artistic director Jamey Leverett has rechoreographed the Snow Corps scene.
“It’s a brand new look,” she says. “The whole ballet has really evolved over the years. We add a little bit, change a little bit. It was time to make another new change. It adds some new mystery to the Snow Corps.”
RCB’s Nutcracker is at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday through next Sunday at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. Tickets are $10 to $89. Call (585) 454-2100 or go to rpo.org.
But if you’re out of town, there are several other chances to see the classic:
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St. Tickets are $30.50 to $105 and available at the theater box office, (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
The Nutcracker Ballet 2013 is a child-friendly version of excerpts from the work at 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Calkins Road Middle School, 1899 Calkins Road, Pittsford. Tickets are $11; $9 for children and seniors. Call (585) 248-6280 or go to townofpittsford.org.
The Flower City Ballet’s production is at 3 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22 at School of the Arts, 45 Prince St. Tickets are $22 ($18 for seniors; $12 for children), with advance purchase discounts. The production involves several area dance schools. Call (585) 325-2114 or go to flowercityballet.com.
Ballet Prestige (which operates out of RAPA) will present its production at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Road, Webster. Tickets are $15 ($10 for those 12 and younger) and available at Wegmans. Call (585) 704-1903 or go to balletprestigerochester.com.