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OKC Ballet performs The Nutcracker in Colorado Springs before local performances

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Oklahoma City Ballet dancers appear in the snowflake scene from The Nutcracker which will be performed on December 14-22. [KATE LUBER]
Oklahoma City Ballet dancers appear in the snowflake scene from The Nutcracker which will be performed on December 14-22. [KATE LUBER]

For the sixth year in a row, Oklahoma City Ballet dancers and artistic staff traveled to Colorado Springs over Thanksgiving to present five performances of The Nutcracker alongside the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and children from the Colorado Springs area.

The Nutcracker will return to Oklahoma City’s Civic Center for eight performances December 14-22, with live music from the OKC Philharmonic at each show. 

“Live music elevates the ballet experience and distinguishes us from other productions of The Nutcracker,” said artistic director Robert Mills. “Our version is very traditional, which is why I believe it to be so popular. It’s a fun, colorful, dreamlike experience for families leading up to such a special time of year.”

Oklahoma City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is the only professional company in the state which presents a very traditional version of the two-act ballet scored by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1892.

Mills said Oklahoma City is fortunate to have a professional ballet company because many cities of similar size and larger do not. That’s the case with Colorado Springs, and that’s how the local professionals stepped in to provide what the Colorado Springs Philharmonic play bill said added “a little dash of magic to the holiday season.”

DaYoung Jung and Alvin Tovstogray, Principals, perform as Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier. [JANA CARSON]
DaYoung Jung and Alvin Tovstogray, Principals, perform as Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier. [JANA CARSON]

Mills became artistic director in 2008, and that same year the Colorado Spring Philharmonic reached out to see if Oklahoma City Ballet would like to tour there.  Mills said at that time the company was just starting to rebuild itself, so he had to decline. 

“In early 2014, they reached out again, and this time we were ready,” Mills said. “It’s been a wonderful partnership, now in its sixth year.”

All 30 of the Ballet’s professional dancers traveled to Colorado Springs. That number included six Principal dancers, four soloists, 14 Corps de Ballet members, and six apprentices. In addition to the professional company, 10 members of the Studio Company also made the trip. 

“We only limit the number of dancers because they all travel on a large chartered bus which limits the number,” said Whitney Moore, Oklahoma City Ballet’s director of development and communications. “In Colorado Springs, they use the same two casts for all five performances, but back in Oklahoma City, there are many more versions of casts to allow more dancers to take part in the performances. They mix it up a lot so some of the dancers are learning four or five roles.”

The professional company, studio company, and trainee (pre-professional) division will all have roles in the Oklahoma City performances. In addition, more than 65 students from the Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School will perform.

Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School students perform with Mayu Odaka as Clara. [JANA CARSON]
Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School students perform with Mayu Odaka as Clara. [JANA CARSON]

About 250 people will be involved in the eight Oklahoma City performances, including 116 dancers and 40-50 musicians. In addition, administrative staff runs “The Nutcracker Boutique” in the Civic Center lobby during all performances. “So, it’s all hands on deck until December 23. Then we rest,” Moore said.

The Nutcracker is the story of a young girl, Clara, whose mysterious godfather presents her with a nutcracker, which comes to life after a Christmas party to battle mice with other toys. He then takes Clara on a whimsical journey to a world full of magic and wonder.

The nutcracker, transformed into a handsome young prince, takes her to the Land of the Snow, and then to the beautiful Kingdom of Sweets, where Clara is entertained by dances from many lands. 

Clara and the Prince dance together surrounded by radiant flowers. The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier then dance for Clara and the Prince. The Prince carries a sleeping Clara back to her home, where she awakens uncertain if her magical journey was a dream or reality.

Oklahoma City performances will continue Dec. 20 at 7 p.m., Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are available online or by calling OKC Ballet at (405) 848-8637 or the Civic Center at (405) 297-2584. Go to okcballet.org to learn more about the ballet and its complete 2019-20 schedule.

This article is sponsored by Oklahoma City Ballet.

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Oklahoma City Ballet dancers appear in the snowflake scene from The Nutcracker which will be performed on December 14-22. [KATE LUBER]

Oklahoma City Ballet dancers appear in the snowflake scene from The Nutcracker which will be performed on December 14-22. [KATE LUBER]

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