Montana Ballet presents 33rd annual ‘Nutcracker’

Montana Ballet Company under the direction of Elizabeth DeFanti will debut its 33rd annual production of “The Nutcracker” on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Willson Auditorium.
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Montana Ballet Company under the direction of Elizabeth DeFanti will debut its 33rd annual production of “The Nutcracker” on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Willson Auditorium.

“The Nutcracker” ballet is based on the book “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Legendary choreographer Marius Petipa commissioned Tchaikovsky to write the music for the ballet in 1891. The following year, the very first performance of “The Nutcracker” appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia, the home of the Kirov Ballet. Today the Nutcracker is an annual holiday tradition, performed by ballet companies large and small all over the world.

Guest artists Rachel Van Buskirk and Christian Clark, principal dancers with the Atlanta Ballet, will return to Bozeman for the performances. Both guest artists have danced professionally throughout the United States and abroad. They will share the stage with MBC’s own company dancers and nearly 100 dancers from the community. Also featured in the cast is Soren Kisiel, co-director of Broad Comedy, who will once again dance the role of Drosselmeyer.

MBC’s production of “The Nutcracker,” set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, is one of the largest artistic collaborations in the region featuring the work of accomplished dancers, local and national choreographers, guest artists, live musicians, seasoned stage technicians, lighting and costume designers and a host of dedicated volunteers. This production includes new and exciting choreography and theatrical elements.

The Bozeman Symphony will again provide live musical accompaniment, conducted by guest artist and Belgrade native Maestro Lee Mills, resident conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. 2014 Career Assistance Award.

For tickets, contact the Montana Ballet Company at (406) 582-8702 or visit www.montanaballet.org. All seating is reserved. Ticket prices range from $15 to $55. There will be a $2 service fee added for “day of show” sales.


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