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The Nutcracker Ballet 2010

Presented by Down East Dance and New Bern Civic Theatre

Take a break from the holiday rush and enter the magical world of the Nutcracker. Performance dates: Dec. 3 and 10 at 8pm, Dec. 4 and 11 at 2pm and 8pm, and Dec. 5 and 12 at 2pm at the Historic Athens Theatre, Downtown New Bern.

Written by Peter I. Tchaikovsky, the ballet was a commission by the Russian Imperial Opera Directorate based on the E.T.A. Hoffman story The Nutcracker and Mouse King. Tchaikovsky himself did not think much of his production but ballet-goers around the world have consistently acclaimed the work. For many the highlight of Christmas is hearing the beautiful tones of Tchaikovsky’s music as the snow begins to fall with the dancing Snowflakes or feeling the pure sweetness as they watch the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Be greeted by Christmas Carolers as you enter the Historic Athens Theatre to enjoy this year’s ballet production presented as a bedtime story for Marie, as told by her Mother. Join in the magical adventure that includes a grand Christmas party, twirling snowflakes, a nutcracker soldier, life-size mouse queen, and a journey to the Land of the Sweets with its beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy and its Waltzing Flowers.

Tickets for The Nutcracker are $10 general seating and are available at New Bern Civic Theatre, Craven Arts Council, Craven County Convention Center, or online. Contact Wendy Corbett Daw by phone 252-633-9622 or visit their website for further information. Contact New Bern Civic Theatre’s website for box office hours at . Contact Craven Arts Council’s website for hours.

*Tickets available Oct. 15, 2010

Submitted by: Wendy Corbett Daw, 252-633-9622, Down East Dance Studio