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INDIANAPOLIS SCHOOL OF BALLET TO PRESENT THE NUTCRACKER
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INDIANAPOLIS SCHOOL OF BALLET TO PRESENT THE NUTCRACKER

WITH TITLE SPONSOR PRINTING PARNTERS


October 23, 2012 | 03:33 PM

The Indianapolis School of Ballet's (ISB) annual production of The Nutcracker will be performed December 21 through 23 at the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater, 650 N. Meridian Street, in downtown Indianapolis. The Friday evening Dec. 21 performance is at 7:30 PM. There will be two performances on Saturday, Dec. 22, a matinee at 2:00 PM and an evening show at 7:30 PM. The Sunday, Dec. 23 performance is a 3:00 PM matinee.

Tickets are on sale now for all performances. Prices range from $12 to $25 and can be purchased through the ballet's secure online box office at www.indyballet.org, or by calling 317-955-7525, 4 AM - 8 PM, Monday through Friday, or 9 AM -3 PM on Saturday.

E.T.A. Hoffman's charming holiday tale, The Nutcracker, is brought to life in a classical ballet presentation by ISB Founding Artistic Director Victoria Lyras. This interpretation is set in Victorian Indianapolis recreated by master scenic artist and designer C. David Higgins through his 25-foot by 50-foot backdrops, replicas of the Morris-Butler House, an Indiana Landmarks museum house. Exquisite hand-made costumes are by Loukia Finale, former seamstress in Oscar de la Renta's Manhattan atelier and costumer for the Piraeus Theater in Greece. Barrymore Award-winning designer James Leitner crafts the production's lighting and design.

Artistic Director Victoria Lyras is again combining forces with ballet mistress and master teacher Fiona Fuerstner to set choreography performed by more than 80 dancers including ISB Pre-Professional students and faculty, with professional guest artists. Ballroom dancers from Indianapolis-based Riolo Dance will portray the adult partygoers in the first scene depicting a holiday gathering as part of an ongoing professional collaboration between Lyras and Marie Riolo Roach. Professional choreography in the ballet includes pieces by Robert Rodham, Fiona Fuerstner, Victoria Lyras and George Balanchine.

The Indianapolis School of Ballet has again received permission from the George Balanchine Trust to use Balanchine's famous Act Two Grand Pas de Deux © in this production. The Trust requires the engagement of approved repetiteurs to stage Mr. Balanchine's choreography. Ms. Lyras has been honored with staging this work for ISB's production.

Featured guest artists include Paul Vitali and Chris Lingner. Vitali, formerly of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Feld Ballets/NY, returns as Herr Drosselmeyer, the benevolent maker of magic who gives young Clara her beloved nutcracker. Lingner, a native of Indianapolis who danced in national tours of Movin' Out and Hairspray, will perform the role of Cavalier and Snow King.

This year's production is supported in part by Title Sponsor Printing Partners and Associate Sponsors NUVO, and National Bank of Indianapolis. Additional support has been provided by the Indiana Arts Commission with the National Endowment for the Arts and WISH-TV 8.

For more information, please visit www.indyballet.org or call 317-955-7525.


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