Two dancers from the Washington C.H. area will perform with more than 150 children alongside BalletMet’s professional dancers in the annual production of “The Nutcracker,” running Dec. 11-27 at the historic Ohio Theatre in Columbus.
Hidy Kirkpatrick and Victoria Pontious are the two locals selected to perform.
Playing roles such as Young Clara, mice and angels, the children will have the unique opportunity to be a part of the company’s rehearsal process from start to finish, with some even taking on company roles and traveling to Detroit to perform the ballet, according to Taylor Starek, the communications manager with BalletMet.
“The Nutcracker is a wonderful introduction to classical ballet that has become a holiday tradition for so many families,” said Academy Director Timothy Lynch. “I am thrilled that so many of our Academy students have the opportunity to be a part of the production this year and dance beside the company members they aspire to be one day.”
The Nutcracker was choreographed by former artistic director Gerard Charles and co-created by Charles and Robert Post. With help from exquisite costumes and scenery, as well as music from the Columbus Symphony, the family favorite ballet weaves the timeless story of Clara’s journey with her Nutcracker Prince.
The Nutcracker will run for 16 performances at the Ohio Theatre and seven performances at the Detroit Opera House. From Dec. 11-27, the performances at the Ohio Theatre will be: Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 20 at noon and 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 26 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $32 to $89 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center, 39 State St., all Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.
Renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, BalletMet ranks among the nation’s 20 largest dance companies, according to Starek. BalletMet stages 60 to 70 performances each year at home and on tour.