Two locals to perform in ‘The Nutcracker’

By Martin Graham -

Hidy Kirkpatrick and Tori Pontious

Hidy Kirkpatrick and Tori Pontious

Two Fayette County residents, Tori Pontious and Hidy Kirkpatrick, will once again perform in one of central Ohio’s most beloved holiday traditions since 1974 — BalletMet’s The Nutcracker.

The production will be presented from Dec. 7-23 at the Ohio Theatre, at 39 E. State Street in Columbus. Set to Tchaikovsky’s “extraordinary arrangement” the ballet is co-created by former BalletMet Artistic Director Gerard Charles and Robert Post.

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 companies – BalletMet and BalletMet 2, 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.

Dates and times for this year’s production are as follows:

Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m

Sunday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $29 to $94 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.) and online at To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.

Renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, BalletMet ranks among the nation’s 20 largest ballet companies.

Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has made the commission and performance of new works a core organizational priority, with more than 150 World Premieres and hundreds of Company Premieres performed throughout its history. BalletMet stages 60 to 70 performances each year at home and on tour. In the past, the company toured 28 U.S. states and internationally to Russia, Poland, Egypt, Spain and Canada.

Hidy Kirkpatrick and Tori Pontious Kirkpatrick and Tori Pontious

By Martin Graham