Locals to perform in ‘The Nutcracker’


By Ryan Carter - ryancarter@civitasmedia.com



Victoria Pontious and Hidy Kirkpatrick will be performing in BalletMet’s “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 9-24 at the historic Ohio Theatre in Columbus.


Two Fayette Countians, Victoria Pontious and Hidy Kirkpatrick, will be performing in BalletMet’s “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 9-24 at the historic Ohio Theatre in Columbus.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s original score performed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the ballet is choreographed by former BalletMet Artistic Director Gerard Charles.

“Even though this ballet is more than 100 years old, each year of preparing The Nutcracker brings us new interpretations and some surprises with the performances of these beloved characters,” said BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang. “It’s wonderful to have our professional company and our academy students working together to create this show for central Ohio.”

The tale of the imaginative Clara, the nutcracker who turns into a prince, the Mouse King and the Sugarplum Fairy, will feature a large cast including BalletMet’s professional dancers from both its 1st and 2nd companies, along with 152 students from the BalletMet Academy. Each performance will have more than 122 characters onstage – including academy students in the roles of pages, party children, mice, and soldiers performing alongside BalletMet’s renowned professionals.

“Approximately 27,000 people came to our performances last year, and we look forward to delighting even more patrons with our 2016 performances,” said BalletMet Executive Director Sue Porter. “Attending The Nutcracker is a family holiday tradition here in central Ohio, and the cast and support staff make the choreography, the costumes and the sets come alive to make it a truly magical experience.”

The performances will be on: Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 18 at 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $29 to $89 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.) and online at ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.

Victoria Pontious and Hidy Kirkpatrick will be performing in BalletMet’s “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 9-24 at the historic Ohio Theatre in Columbus.
http://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2016/11/web1_WashingtonCH.jpgVictoria Pontious and Hidy Kirkpatrick will be performing in BalletMet’s “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 9-24 at the historic Ohio Theatre in Columbus.

By Ryan Carter

ryancarter@civitasmedia.com

Reach Ryan Carter at 740-313-0352 or on Twitter @rywica.

Reach Ryan Carter at 740-313-0352 or on Twitter @rywica.