The Nutcracker is more than a regional attraction. It’s bringing neighboring communities together in support of the performing arts. It’s creating opportunities for youth to perform in the most well-known and beloved story ballet of all times. It’s carrying forward a holiday tradition that has endured for over 100 years. And for many area residents, having a chance to dance in The Nutcracker is simply a dream come true. The Nutcracker’s beautiful music, lush scenery and lavish costumes set the perfect backdrop for E.T.A. Hoffmann’s timeless story. Young imaginations will be sparked and audiences of all ages delighted as a Christmas tree grows to huge proportions, mice and soldiers battle, and waltzing Snowflakes whirl about amidst “real” falling snow. Children will especially enjoy seeing candies and sweets from exotic lands come to life and a gigantic Mother Ginger as she plays with her many ginger children. Southwest Virginia Ballet is a regional, pre-professional dance company, celebrating 25 years in the Roanoke Valley. Tens of thousands of residents and visitors have enjoyed SVB performances of The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Coppelia, Firebird, Snowmaiden, Graduation Ball, Paquita and other original works. SVB dancers perform in full-length productions, community fairs and festivals, corporate and private events, and educational programs. Today their alumni are dancing professionally across the United States and Europe.
Times: Saturday 12/12 @ 2PM and 7PM & Sunday 12/13 @ 3PM