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Dayton Ballet’s The Nutcracker Opens on December 14 with Ten Performances Set to Delight Dayton with a Beloved Holiday Tradition

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 

DAYTON, OH (November 20, 2018) – On Friday, December 14 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 15 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 16 at 2:30 pm; Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 pm; Friday, December 21 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 22 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, December 23 at 2:30 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 third ballet of the DPAA 2018-2019 Vistas Season. 

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

December 2018 marks the sixth 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, Centerville, Coldwater, Dayton, Englewood, Enon, Fairborn, Farmersville, Franklin, Germantown, Greenville, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miamisburg, Middletown, New Carlisle, New Lebanon, Oakwood, Sidney, Springboro, Tipp City, Trotwood, 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 16 dancers from Dayton Ballet II Senior Company and 19 professional dancers from Dayton Ballet: 

Trudie Arling
Lucy Arnold
Isabella Ataman
Esther Augustine
Katelyn Bailey
Emmaline Barrentine
Sophia Barrett
Grace Bauer
Micah Bauman
Izabella Bell
Marina Rose Bell
Makenzie Berling
Aimee Besl
Ally Blatter
Eva Borbonus
Chelsea Brecht
Carissa Buehler
Cliare Campbell
Misha Casada
Mary Clark
Rowan Cornish
Matthew Coty
Bethany Crank
Devon Crank
Arica Croone
Adele Davis
Madalynn Delong
Molly Dunn
Maggie Duvic
Lily Edem
Eliana Egbert
Sofia Espedal
Ava Espedal
Layla Espy
Maya Fairchild
Scout Ferrara
Jamie Gabrielson
Elijah Garat
Bridget Garcia Dees
Elaine Gottesman
Grace Gregory
Jade Griffith
Jenin Halabi
Neia Hale
Alexandra Hanson
Ivy Henne
Lauren Hill
Shannon Hyde 
Noelle James
Mollie Juniewicz
Parker Karban
Ava Kitchen
Sophia Krapf
Yetta Krummel-Adkins
Shoshana Krummel-Adkins
Clair Lewis
Caroline Lipp
Audrey Lipp
Deirdre Lynch
Maeve Lynch
Lila Malcolm
Alyssa Matsko
Annabelle May
Nesta May
Lyla McClannan
Ava McKinney
Carmen Medina
Jane Middleton
Nalayna Miley
Nevan Miley
Nola Miley
Lilly Neumeister
Annabelle Neumeister
David Padrichelli
Sarah Press
Jaycee Priest
Jennah Reichenbach
Annabelle Reichert
Jillian Reichert
Teagan Reynolds
Elizabeth Roelle
Caroline Roelle
Ava Rotramel
Ellie Rozier
Emma Rubin
Nora Sableski
Lila Sauer
Ruthie Sauer
Ellie Savage
Mary Schade
Heidi Schleidt
Charlotte Schnell
Anastasia Shivers
Caroline Stanley
Annie Steckel
Ella Strehle
Karson Stubbs
Claire Takizawa
Peyton Taylor
Jordan Thornburg
Eliana Tipton
Elana Twarek
Bailee Waltersheide
Matthew Warren
Aly West
Bella Wheatcroft
Sebastian Wheatcroft
Kayla Williams
Anna Williams
Caroline Woessner
Lydia Woeste

Before the performances and during intermissions, the Schuster Center Wintergarden bustles with the excitement of the holiday season.  Find the perfect holiday gift at the Dayton Ballet Boutique, peer into the famous whimsical Rike's window boxes, or treat yourself with candy and ice cream at the Graeter’s Sweet Shoppe.

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.

* 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 16 at 12:30 p.m. before the matinee performance. Tickets are $20 for adults and children and 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. 

* 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. 

Tickets for The Nutcracker start at $18 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. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled 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. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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