The enchanting holiday ballet opens on Friday, Dec.1 at 7:30 pm. Additional performances are Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students/seniors and can be purchased by calling the Irving Arts Center box office at 972-252-2787 (ARTS) or at www.irvingartscenter.com.
“We are thrilled to stage our annual production of the Nutcracker and showcase some of the areas most gifted dancers in this much-loved holiday tradition,” said Allan Kinzie, artistic director, Ballet Ensemble of Texas. “More than 200 Ballet Academy of Texas students and volunteers have spent countless hours preparing for this must-see production.”
This season’s production of The Nutcracker will feature Ballet Ensemble of Texas alumni and former Colorado Ballet member Emily Dixon performing the role of Sugar Plum Fairy. Ms. Dixon will be partnered with the critically-acclaimed Shea Johnson as her Cavalier.
The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday story set to the musical score by Peter Tchaikovsky. A young girl, Clara, receives a toy Nutcracker from her godfather and it magically comes to life taking her on a journey through The Kingdom of Sweets. Ballet Ensemble of Texas’ exquisite performance includes glistening snow, masterful choreography, and costuming designed with the finest detail.
The Nutcracker is supported by The Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Coppell and The City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.
The Ballet Ensemble of Texas is the resident ballet company of Coppell-based Ballet Academy of Texas (BAT). Under the direction of Lisa Slagle since 1999, BAT has produced some of the country’s best-trained dancers that have gone on to be professionals with leading companies such as American Ballet Theater, Ballet West, Houston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, and many international companies.