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Now in the Third 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 x1138

DAYTON, OH (November 29, 2015) – On Friday, December 11 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 12 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 pm; Friday, December 18 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 19 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 20 at 2:30 pm; Monday, December 21 at 4:30 pm; and Tuesday, December 22 at 4:30 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Ballet, accompanied by the full Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, will present the holiday favorite The Nutcracker, the second ballet of the DPAA 2015-2016 Ascend Season.

The Nutcracker is presented this year with help from several sponsors from the Dayton community.  Leadership Sponsors are Brady Ware, Vectren, and The Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation, the Performance Sponsor is Emerson Climate Technologies, and the Associate Sponsors are Graeter’s and The Soin Family. 

December 2015 marks the third year of the newest production of Dayton's biggest and best holiday performance arts tradition...Dayton Ballet's beloved The Nutcracker. With choreography by Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke, sets by designer Ray Zupp, and costumes by Lowell Mathwich, the story of little Clara and her adventures in the Land 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, Centerville, Clayton, Dayton, Englewood, Fairborn, Farmersville, Germantown, Huber Heights, Jamestown, Kettering, Lewisburg, Lima, Miamisburg, Middletown, Monroe, New Lebanon, Oakwood, Spring Valley, Springboro, Tipp City, Trenton, Trotwood, Troy, Vandalia, Waynesville, West Alexandria, West Carrollton, Xenia, and Yellow Springs.  The following young dancers, including dancers from Dayton Ballet II Junior Company, will appear this year on stage at the Schuster Center along with 16 dancers from Dayton Ballet II Senior Company and 19 dancers from Dayton Ballet:

Emelia Alexopoulos
Adryanna Argo
Alexa Argo
Trudie Arling
Lucy Arnold
Andy Ashby
Sophia Barrett
Amanda Bass
Savanah Bates
Grace Bauer
Izabella Bell
Lia Betz
Sarah Bevelhymer
Paige Black
Ally Blatter
India Boehm
Chelsea Brecht
Amea Bretz
Tenley Brun
Carissa Buehler
Bridgette Burk
Isabella Cantrell
Sarah Casebere
Sophie Caton
Jack Cerminaro
Sarah Connell
Lillian Connolly
Kathryn Cotellesso
Hannah Coty
Matthew Coty
Bethany Crank
Adele Davis
Lillian Davis
Elizabeth DeLon
Allie DeLong
Alexis Detrick
Eliana Egbert
Katie Ehler
Caroline Elliott
Rebecca Elliott
William Elliot
Joanne Fan
Christopher Forrai
Ella Gould
Ellen Michelle Greene
Ainsley Gregory
Katie Griffith
Alexander Gross
Jadden Hahn
Jenin Halabi
Alivia Hardman
Ella Hedges
Audrey Henry
Grace Hesson
Lauren Hill
Whitney Hill
Ava Marie Holzberger
Eliana Hurst
Shannon Hyde
Lauren Jessup-Aiken
Kelsey Johnson
Mollie Juniewicz
Lily Kaval
Laurel Kennedy
Sophia Krapf
Emma Lowell
Madelyn Manning
Ava Markoff
Hannah McGuffey
David Padrichelli
Jay Patterson Minor
Hannah Pauley
Madison Peters
Josephine Porter
Ella Price
Emma Rubin
Katie Ruetschle
Nora Sableski
Ellie Savage
Mary Schade
Elliana Scheckel
Claudia Schnell
Sarah Scott
Tessa Slanker
Lauren Smith
Mira Soin
Caroline Stanley
Annie Steckel
Karson Stubbs-Hartlage
Scarlett May Studebaker
Claire Takizawa
Morgan Teeters
Kara Thomas
Taylor Thornburg
Jordan Thornburg
Eliana Tipton
Elana Twarek
Matthew Warren
Caitlyn Wehner
Mandi Weitz
Alexandra West
Audrey Wiemers
Marley Wiemers
Kayla Williams
Kamryn Wise
Caroline Woessner
Janie Woods

Several events are planned to highlight the Dayton Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker as follows:

* Behind the Ballet - After each performance, ticket holders are invited free of charge to “Behind the Ballet,” a Q&A with Ms. Burke and dancers from Dayton Ballet in the orchestra area of the theatre.

* Backstage Tours - On Saturday, December 12 and Saturday, December 19 at 4:30 pm, 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.  Tickets for the Backstage Tours are available through Ticket Center Stage at (888) 228-3630.

* Sugar Plum Teas - The Dayton Ballet Barre will host two Sugar Plum Teas at Boston Stoker, 34 W. Second Street, across the street from the Schuster Center, on Sunday, December 13 and Sunday, December 20 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 Sugar Plum Teas are available through Ticket Center Stage at (888) 228-3630.

* Muttcracker – New this year, the Dayton Humane Society will bring a few furry visitors for a visit at intermission and after the matinee shows on Dec. 13, 19 and 20. The Humane Society animals will be available for adoption into loving, responsible homes this holiday season.

* Rike’s Wonderland Windows in the Wintergarden - 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.

* Nutcracker Boutique - Dayton Ballet Nutcracker Boutique, open before each performance and during intermissions, features hundreds of large holiday nutcrackers and ballet-themed items for sale.

* Graeter’s Sweet Shoppe - To complete everyone’s visit to the Land of Sweets, Graeter’s Ice Cream will offer holiday goodies available for purchase at each performance.

* Boston Stoker’s Hot Chocolate Booth - Warm up after traveling through the wintery elements and enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate from Boston Stoker. 

Tickets for The Nutcracker are $17 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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