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30 Years of Nutcracker at Gwinnett Ballet

The traditional ballet returns for its 30th anniversary production by Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, but much of the show is new. Patch was granted an exclusive preview of the new production which opened Saturday, December 3.

opened its 30th anniversary production of “The Nutcacker” this past weekend at the Gwinnett Center Performing Arts Center in Duluth.

To celebrate this milestone year, Gwinnett Ballet has invested in beautiful new sets and costumes and re-choreographed many parts of the show. For audiences familiar with this production, however, do not worry, favorite parts remain. 

Magician Bill Kress returns to play Herr Drosselmeyer, and his amazing magic tricks, which feature live birds, will delight audience members of all ages. The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre orchestra will enhance the production with live music for the last two weekends of the shows.

Local celebrities will be featured in the role of “Mother Ginger,” who hides eight little dancers under her massive skirts. Celebrities you may see include: North Johnson, general manager of the Gwinnett Braves; radio personality Gary Gross of Americaswebradio.com; Lisa Zaken of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce; Sally Corbett of Artworks Gwinnett organization; and Denise Brinson of the city of Suwanee. Mother Ginger and her little “polinchinelles” is a highlight of the second act.

Snellville residents can expect to see familiar faces in the cast. More than 100 local schoolchildren comprise the cast. So, don’t be surprised to see a
child from your neighborhood, your child’s school, or your church up on the
stage.

Future live music performances are: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9 and 16; Dec. 10 and 17, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11 and 18, 2:30 p.m.

Tickets range in price from $19.50 to $29.50, depending on specific performance. There are discounts for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased through any Ticketmaster location, by calling Ticketmaster at 404-249-6400, or by visiting the Gwinnett Center Box Office in the Gwinnett Arena Building, also located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

Raven Nichols December 05, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Beautiful photos! The new costumes are amazing. Gwinnett Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker will always hold a special place in the hearts of our family, and we can't wait to come see these talented young dancers perform!
bpatman December 12, 2011 at 04:27 PM
What a great show!! I saw it on Saturday night. It was fun, beautiful and exciting.

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