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Now in Second Year of its New Production, Dayton Ballet’s The Nutcracker is Set to Delight Audiences with a Beloved Holiday Tradition

Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x 1138

DAYTON, OH (November 25, 2014) – On Friday, December 12 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 13 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 pm; Friday, December 19 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 20 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 21 at 2:30 pm; and Monday, December 22 at 4:30 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Ballet will present the holiday favorite The Nutcracker, the second ballet of the DPAA 2014-2015 New Horizons season.

The Nutcracker is presented this year with help from several sponsors from the Dayton community.  The Overture Sponsor is Charles D. Berry, the Presenting Sponsor is Vectren, the Leadership Sponsor is The Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation, the Performance Sponsor is Gosiger, Inc., the Associate Sponsors are The Soin Family and Graeter’s, and the Supporting Sponsors are Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc. and Stahl Vision.  Dayton Daily News is the December to Remember Presenting Sponsor.

Last season saw the premiere of a marvelous new production of Dayton's biggest and best holiday performance arts tradition...Dayton Ballet's beloved The Nutcracker. With new choreography by Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke, new sets by designer Ray Zupp, and new costumes by Lowell Mathwich, the story of little Clara and her adventures in the Kingdom of Sweets reaches a new artistic zenith. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Neal Gittleman, again takes up residence in the orchestra pit, giving Tchaikovsky's music the full, rich, gorgeous interpretation that it requires.  There is no better way to enjoy this classic ballet and experience the full depth of this wonderful music than at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, one of the top performance halls in the nation.

The elegance, grace and sheer athleticism of Dayton Ballet's dancers bring the drama to immediate, colorful life. The traditional storyline is greatly enhanced by the imaginative and whimsical beauty of Ray Zupp's innovative and awe-inspiring set. In addition, this year’s The Nutcracker boasts a cast of over 100 children from the Dayton area representing the following communities:  Arcanum, Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Brookville, Camden, Centerville, Dayton, Enon, Fairborn, Farmersville, Jamestown, Kettering, Lewisburg, Miamisburg, Middletown, Monroe, New Carlisle, Oakwood, Spring Valley, Springboro, Tipp City, Troy, Vandalia, West Alexandria, West Carrollton, Wilminton, and Xenia.  The following young dancers, including dancers from Dayton Ballet II Junior Company, will appear this year on stage at the Schuster Center along with 15 dancers from Dayton Ballet II Senior Company and 19 dancers from Dayton Ballet:

Maya Anderson
Ivy Anderson
Adryanna Argo
Trudie Arling
Lucille Arnold
Alexia Barrett
Amanda Bass
Savanah Bates
Grace Bauer
Izabella Bell
Lia Betz
Sydney Bezich
Paige Black
Ally Blatter
India Boehm
Jacqueline Bouchard
Amea Bretz
Melisse Bretz
Carissa Buehler
Sarah Casebere
Katie Connell
Sarah Connell
Lillian Connolly
Kathryn Cotellesso
Hannah Coty
Matthew Coty
Bethany Crank
Lillian Davis
Elizabeth DeLon
Talia Doninger
Caroline Elliott
Rebecca Elliott
William Elliot
Abby Fehrman
Claire Fergus
Christopher Forrai
Laura Gaines
Ella Gould
Katie Griffith
Jadden Hahn
Drew Hammond
Alivia Hardman
Anya Heitkamp
Lilly Hemm
Audrey Henry
Lauren Hill
Whitney Hill
Caroline Hinshaw
Ava Holzberger
Shannon Hyde
Jillian Jacobson
Amelia Johnson
Mollie Juniewicz
Laurel Kennedy
Sydney Kinne
Shaylee Knott
Evie Lloyd
Emma Lowell
Madelyn Manning
Hannah McGuffey
Jay Minor
Siobhan Nickell
Maggie O'Hara
David Padrichelli
Josephine Porter
Ella Price
Emma Rubin
Nora Sableski
Brooke Santo
Ellie Savage
Mary Caroline Schade
Heidi Schleidt
Claudia Schnell
Sarah Scott
Brooklynn Skinner
Tessa Slanker
Mira Soin
Abby Spitzmiller
Colette St. Laurent
Madeline Staub
Karson Stubbs-Hartlage
Olivia Swicegood
Morgan Teeters
Chloe Terry
Ellie Tipton
Noelle Valentie
Emily Wacker
Helen Wang
Matthew Warren
Brynnly Webb
Caitlyn Wehner
Mandi Lynne Weitz
Eve Welhener
Miriam Welhener
Alexandra West
Audrey Wiemers
Kayla Williams
Kamryn Wise
Sarah Wissel
Caroline Woessner
Emily Woodard
Janie Woods

After each performance, ticketholders are invited free of charge to a Q&A with Ms. Burke and dancers from Dayton Ballet in the loge area of the theatre.

Following the Saturday Matinee performances, tours of the backstage area are available for $10 per person.  Attendees can view the sets close up, meet Dayton Ballet dancers and enjoy punch and cookies in the loading dock.  Each participant will receive a special gift.

The Dayton Ballet Barre will host a Sugar Plum Tea at Boston Stoker, 34 W. Second Street, across the street from the Schuster Center, on Sunday, December 14 and Sunday, December 21 at 1:00 p.m. before the matinee performances.  Tickets are $10 for adults and children. The Sugar Plum Fairy will be in attendance for photo opportunities.

Tickets for the Backstage Tours and the Sugar Plum Tea are available through Ticket Center Stage (888) 228-3630.

For those seeking a walk down memory lane, the former Rike’s Department Store animated holiday windows are on display in the Schuster Center Wintergarden. Kids can shop at the Tike’s Shoppe, and they can meet Santa there on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. And everyone can visit the Dayton Ballet Nutcracker boutique featuring hundreds of large holiday nutcrackers and ballet-themed items for sale. And to complete everyone’s visit to the Kingdom of Sweets, Graeter’s Ice Cream will offer holiday goodies available for purchase at each performance.

Tickets for The Nutcracker are $11 to $72 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (888) 228-3630 or online at Senior, teacher and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.
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