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FESTIVAL BALLET PROVIDENCE

THE NUTCRACKER




Festival Ballet Providence
The Nutcracker
Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybosset Street
Providence RI
December 16 to 18, 2005
Friday at 7:30 pm
Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 pm
and
Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 PM
Prices: $18.00 to $55.00
A discount of $5.00 has been offered to patrons holding Lion King tickets or ticket stubs
PPAC Box Office 401-421-2787
Group discounts: 401-421-2997x3162


ON DECEMBER 18
JOIN FESTIVAL BALLET FOR
A NUTCRACKER TEA PARTY!!



Festival Ballet Providence has the Perfect Christmas Present for your special someone - A Nutcracker Charm Bracelet. It comes in two different styles and in its own Festival Ballet gift bag. You can see and purchase the bracelet at FB's studio or at FB's WEBSITE (website photo doesn't do it justice)
Addicted to the Nutcracker?
The Providence Phoenix's Jeffrey Gantz has written an online review of NUTCRACKER VIDEOS. Pick one (or two) and watch them during the rest of the year.



CAST LIST



FESTIVAL BALLET
Presents The Nutcracker

Festival Ballet Providence celebrates the holiday season with its annual favorite, The Nutcracker. Five performances will take place in the opulent Providence Performing Arts Center December 16 to 18, 2005, Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 PM.

Festival Ballet Providence's performance will feature the Festival Ballet Providence Orchestra, providing live music under the baton of conductor Dr. Edward Markward. Ticket sales are already brisk for this magical production by one of New England's leading dance companies. With the falling leaves and the smell of snow in the air, our thoughts quickly pass to the holidays and this performance.

The Nutcracker brings the magic of the holidays and the innocent dreams of growing up to life on stage. This story ballet follows a young girl, Clara, whose gift of a Nutcracker doll from her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer leads her from a joyous family Christmas party complete with dancing dolls and a tree that grows 30 feet in height, to a midnight battle pitting a battalion of life-size toy soldiers against gigantic mice lead by the Mouse Queen. Protected by her gallant Nutcracker, Clara survives the ordeal, finding that her Nutcracker doll has been transformed into a human prince. He leads her through dancing snowflakes to the delectable Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier reign over a colorful troupe of dancers from round the world. They celebrate the victory over the Mouse Queen with brilliant dances that culminate in a grand finale.

Festival Ballet Providence Artistic Director Mihailo ('Misha') Djuric is excited for audiences to see this year's production of The Nutcracker. He noted "Providence is being treated to a wonderful production at PPAC (The Lion King), and we follow immediately with another large, flashy show. Audiences who discovered the magic of live dance at The Lion King will find a similar captivating feeling with The Nutcracker. Itís a wonderful experience for the entire family! The live orchestra and talent of our dancers are just two of the many things that set this production apart from all the other holiday productions." As noted by the Providence Journal, it is a production full of "spectacle and splendor".

The production also distinguishes itself with over 80 talented dancers as young as 7 years old, from throughout the region, dancing as Angels, Party Children, Candy Dolls, Mice, Soldiers and Russian dancers. These young performers were chosen from over 150 who auditioned for roles in this production on September 18th. Festival Ballet Providence is proud to provide this opportunity to these young performers from Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Sponsors: Festival Ballet Providence's 2005 production of The Nutcracker is sponsored by Swarovski North America, David Yurman, Residential Properties, season television sponsor NBC10, Coast 93.9 and ongoing support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Nutcracker Tickets: Performances take place at the Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, in Providence, RI. Performance times are Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 pm. Tickets priced from $18.00 to $55.00 are available by contacting the PPAC Box Office at 401.421-ARTS or visiting www.ppacri.com. A discount of $5.00 has been offered to patrons holding Lion King tickets or ticket stubs. Group discounts are available by calling PPAC at 401.421.2997 extension # 3162. (Paul Hiatt).

To reserve seating for Clara's High Tea and Brunch call Festival Ballet Providence, 401.353.1129. Reservations and full payment must be received by December 12, 2005.

Festival Ballet Providence celebrates the holiday season with its annual favorite, The Nutcracker. Five performances will take place in the opulent Providence Performing Arts Center December 16 to 18, 2005

Festival Ballet Providence is pleased to announce the return of the Festival Ballet Providence Orchestra, providing live music under the baton of conductor Dr. Edward Markward. Ticket sales are already brisk for this magical production by one of New England's leading dance companies. This story ballet follows a young girl, Clara, whose gift of a Nutcracker doll from her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer leads her from a joyous family Christmas party complete with dancing dolls and a tree that grows 30 feet in height, to a midnight battle pitting a battalion life-size toy soldiers against gigantic mice lead by the Mouse Queen. Protected by her gallant Nutcracker, Clara survives the ordeal, finding her Nutcracker doll has been transformed into a human. He leads her through a snowstorm of dancing snowflakes to the delectable Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier reign over a colorful troupe of dancers from round the world. They celebrate the victory over the Mouse Queen with brilliant dances that culminates in a grand finale.

Sponsors: Festival Ballet Providence's 2005 production of The Nutcracker is sponsored by Swarovski North America, David Yurman, Residential Properties, season television sponsor NBC10, Coast 93.9 and ongoing support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

CLARA'S TEA & BRUNCH
Festival Ballet Providence will also be offering Clara's Tea & Brunch on Sunday December 18th from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Federal Reserve Restaurant, 60 Dorrance Street, Providence, prior to the 1:00 pm matinee performance. This holiday-themed meal is complete with holiday decorations, dozens of Nutcrackers adorning the holiday-themed dining room, tea sandwiches, pastries, tea and coffee. Clara's Tea Party makes the visit to the Kingdom of Sweets even more special. See Clara's Tea & Brunch page for more information.

To reserve seating for Clara's Tea, call Festival Ballet Providence, 401.353.1129. Reservations and full payment must be received by December 09, 2003.

Festival Ballet Providence also offers two additional performances of The Nutcracker as part of its Discover Dance program, specifically marketed to school groups, nursing and retirement groups, and social service agencies. These school day performances take place at 10 am December 12 and December 15. These performances provide invaluable exposure to over 5,000 children and seniors annually from throughout the region. Schools and agencies interested in information about this program should contact Festival Ballet Providence, 401.353.1129



FESTIVAL BALLET PROVIDENCE
NUTCRACKER CAST

TBA
Music Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Choreography Mihailo Djuric
Casting subject to change

SYNOPSIS

This production is based on the fairy tale by E. T. A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King as retold by Alexander Dumas. The performance lasts approximately 2 hours, including a 20-minute intermission.

Act I
Scene 1: The Street
Before the turn of the century, in the German city of Nuremburg, friends and relatives of Judge Silberhaus enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere on the street as they approach the Silberhaus home.
Scene 2: The Party
The guests have arrived at the Silberhaus home on Christmas Eve, for a party in honor of the Silberhaus children, Fritz and Clara. While the parents put final touches on the enormous Christmas tree, the children wait patiently in another room. When everything is ready, the children rush boisterously into the ballroom to join the party. The enormous tree becomes the center of attention as the children wait for Mr. Silberhaus to light the candles. After the tree is lit, the children are given presents from beneath the tree and eagerly begin to play with their toys: dolls, trumpets, snowflake wands and a wooden toy horse. Suddenly, the party is interrupted by the arrival of Fritz and Clara's godfather, the eccentric Herr Drosselmeyer. After charming the children with a story of a beautiful princess who is rescued from a wrathful Mouse Queen by a handsome young prince, Drosselmeyer distracts everyone's attention with some dazzling toys he has made for their amusement. Drosselmeyer's toys - a Harlequin Doll, a pretty Columbine Doll and several Candy Dolls - are exceptionally life-like and perform for all the guests. Drosselmeyer has created a special toy, a Nutcracker in the form of a soldier, for his godchild, Clara. Clara is absolutely delighted and dances to a lullaby. In a fit of peevish jealousy, Fritz snatches the toy from his sister and breaks it. A tearful Clara is consoled by Drosselmeyer who bandages the toy and promises that all will be well. The party resumes and the parents perform a final, traditional party dance before they depart for their own warm beds.

Scene 3: The Dream / Battle Scene
Clara, unable to sleep from all the excitement, remembers she has left her Nutcracker downstairs. Reappearing in the dimly lit room in her nightdress, she retrieves her beloved toy. Drosselmeyer appears from behind the clock as if his magical powers were the controlling force of the fantasy to come. As the clock strikes midnight, the vicious Mouse Queen appears with her army of mice. Drosselmeyer intercedes and transforms Clara's new toy into a life-sized Nutcracker who assembles his troop of soldiers to protect Clara. As the Christmas tree grows, the room is filled with mice and soldiers, and Clara's nightmare takes on gigantic proportions. An exciting battle ensues, and the Nutcracker is mortally wounded. Drosselmeyer magically transforms the Nutcracker into a handsome prince. Her dream moves from nightmare to fantasy as the prince invites Clara to accompany him on a journey to every child's paradise, the Kingdom of Sweets.

Scene 4: The Dream / Land of Snow
Clara and her prince make their way through a magical Land of Snow on the path to the Kingdom of Sweets. In the glistening, snow-covered forest, she is introduced to the Snow Queen and Snow King as she continues her journey through a whirlwind of swirling snowflakes.

~Intermission~

Act II
Scene I: The Kingdom of Sweets
As Clara and the prince meet the angels and enter the Kingdom of Sweets, they are greeted by their hosts, the gracious Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Clara recounts the battle with the Mouse Queen and is placed on a throne surrounded by confections of every land. In honor of Clara's bravery, a grand divertissement of majestic entertainment is presented. Dances from far-away countries are performed: the chocolate dance from Spain, marzipan from France, the tea dance from China, the coffee dance from Arabia, followed by Trepak from Russia. Enthralled by all she has seen, Clara and her Prince join in and dance among the flowers in a beautiful waltz. Her dream culminates as she is lead by all the confections in an exciting finale. Clara awakens with the realization that it has all been a dream, and embraces her Nutcracker, knowing she will never forget this magical Christmas Eve.

Finale

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Photographs by Thomas Nola-Rion
Top of page is Piotr Ostaltsov as Uncle Drosselmeyer
with the children in 2002 Nutcracker
Photograph on the side is Gleb Lyamenkoff
also from the 2002 Nutcracker
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