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Now in the Fourth 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 21, 2016) – On Friday, December 16 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 17 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 18 at 2:30 pm; Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30 pm; Wednesday, December 21 at 7:30 pm; Thursday, December 22 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm; and Friday, December 23 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 2016-2017 Excite Season. 

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

December 2016 marks the fourth 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 magical story 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, Enon, Fairborn, Farmersville, Germantown, Greenville, Huber Heights, Jamestown, Kettering, Lewisburg, Lima, Miamisburg, Middletown, New Lebanon, Oakwood, Piqua, Sidney, Springboro, Tipp City, Trenton, Troy, 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 professional dancers from Dayton Ballet:

Lauren Aiken
Trudie Arling
Lucy Arnold
Andy Ashby
Isabella Ataman
Sophia Barrett
Amanda Bass
Grace Bauer
Izabella Bell
Marina Bell
Lia Betz
Sarah Bevelhymer
Ella Birt
Ally Blatter
Jacqueline Bouchard
Amea Bretz
Melisse Bretz
Cailynn Buehler
Carissa Buehler
Isabella Cantrell
Sophie Caton
Sarah Connell
Lillian Connolly
Hannah Coty 
Matthew Coty
Bethany Crank
Adele Davis
Sarah Dean
Allie DeLong
Molly Dunn
Maggie Duvic
Eliana Egbert
Rebecca Elliott
Elina Espy
Layla Espy
Jamie Gabrielson
Megan Gabrielson
Ella Gould
Ellen Michelle Greene
Katie Griffith
Alexander Gross
Jadden Hahn
Jenin Halabi
Alivia Hardman
Ella Hedges
Audrey Henry
Grace Hesson
Lauren Hill
Alexandra Holtgrave
Eliana Hurst
Shannon Hyde 
Bella Japs
Lauren Jones
Mollie Juniewicz
Savannah Koester
Sophia Koewler
Sophia Krapf
Yetta Krummel-Adkins
Isabella Lacey
Emma Lowell
Deirdre Lynch
Maeve Lynch
Cheyenne Maher
Madelyn Manning
Ava Markoff
Annabelle May
Nesta May
Hannah McGuffey
Lani O’Shaughnessy
Jay Patterson Minor
Madison Peters
Ella Price
Shanelle Price
Elizabeth Roelle
Athena Rosengarten
Ellie Rozier
Emma Rubin
Nora Sableski
Brooke Santo
Lila Sauer
Ellie Savage
Mary Schade
Charlotte Schnell
Claudia Schnell
Sarah Scott
Mira Soin
Natalie Stansberry
Annie Steckel
Caitlin Steinecker
McKenna Steneman
Madeline Stiehl
Karson Stubbs-Hartlage
Scarlett May Studebaker
Claire Takizawa
Taylor Thornburg
Jordan Thornburg
Eliana Tipton
Elana Twarek
Allison Unger
Bailee Waltersheide
Matthew Warren
Caitlyn Wehner
Alexandra West
Kayla Williams
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 Tour - On Saturday, December 17 at 4:30 pm, following the Saturday matinee performance, a tour of the backstage area is available for $15 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 Tour are limited to 50 persons are available through Ticket Center Stage at (888) 228-3630.

* Sugar Plum Tea - The Dayton Ballet Barre will host a Sugar Plum Tea at The Dayton Woman’s Club, 225 N. Ludlow St. in downtown Dayton on Sunday, December 18 at 12:30 p.m. before the matinee performance. Tickets are $15 for adults and children. The Sugar Plum Fairy will be in attendance for photo opportunities. Tickets for the Sugar Plum Tea are available through Ticket Center Stage at (888) 228-3630. 

* 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. 

* Muttcracker - On Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18, during intermission and after each matinee performance, local nonprofit organization Luv4K9s Dog Rescue will be in the Wintergarden with precious pets who are looking for a “forever family” this season.  Guests are invited to stop by, pet these sweet pups, and learn how to adopt a furry friend just in time for the holidays.

* 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 wintry elements and enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate from Boston Stoker.  

Tickets for The Nutcracker are $21 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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