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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Dec. 10–26, 2016 | Keller Auditorium

George Balanchine | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
including 8 performances with the OBT Orchestra

A treasured holiday tradition continues as Oregon Ballet Theatre returns George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker to the Keller Auditorium. Brave toy soldiers battle mischievous mice, snowflakes dance, and we are carried away to a magical Land of Sweets, all to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score!

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Saturday, December 10 at 2pm ♪
Saturday, December 10 at 7:30pm ♪
Sunday, December 11 at 2pm ♪
Sunday, December 11 at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 15 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 16 at 7:30pm ♪
Saturday, December 17 at 2pm ♪
Saturday, December 17 at 7:30pm ♪
Sunday, December 18 at 2pm ♪
Sunday, December 18 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, December 21 at 2pm
Wednesday, December 21 at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 22 at 2pm
Thursday, December 22 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 23 at 2pm
Friday, December 23 at 7:30pm ♪
Saturday, December 24 at 12pm
Monday, December 26 at 2pm

Features live orchestra

ACT 1, December 20-26

Tues. Dec. 20 Wed. Dec. 21 Wed. Dec. 21 Thurs. Dec. 22 Thurs. Dec. 22 Fri. Dec 23 Fri. Dec.23 Sat. Dec 24 Mon. Dec. 26
7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM 12:00 PM 2:00 PM
Prerecorded Prerecorded Prerecorded Prerecorded Prerecorded Prerecorded Orchestra Prerecorded Prerecorded
Drosselmeier Colby Parsons Brian Simcoe Michael Linsmeier Colby Parsons Brian Simcoe Michael Linsmeier Peter Franc Colby Parsons Brian Simcoe

ACT 2, December 20-26

Tues. Dec. 20 Wed. Dec. 21 Wed. Dec. 21 Thurs. Dec. 22 Thurs. Dec. 22 Fri. Dec 23 Fri. Dec. 23 Sat. Dec 24 Mon. Dec. 26
7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM 12:00 PM 2:00 PM
Prerecorded Prerecorded Prerecorded Prerecorded Prerecorded Prerecorded Orchestra Prerecorded Prerecorded
SUGARPLUM FAIRY Xuan Cheng Kelsie Nobriga Martina Chavez Xuan Cheng Candace Bouchard Ansa Deguchi Martina Chavez Xuan Cheng Eva Burton
CAVALIER Michael Linsmeier Peter Franc Colby Parsons Michael Linsmeier Peter Franc Avery Reiners Colby Parsons Brian Simcoe Colby Parsons
COFFEE Paige Wilkey Eva Burton Emily Parker Martina Chavez Eva Burton Makino Hildestad Kimberly Nobriga Emily Parker Martina Chavez
TEA Thomas Baker Avery Reiners Andrew Wingert Adam Hartley Avery Reiners Thomas Baker Michael Linsmeier Adam Hartley Thomas Baker
CANDYCANE Avery Reiners Michael Linsmeier Brian Simcoe Avery Reiners Thomas Baker Brian Simcoe Avery Reiners Michael Linsmeier Avery Reiners
MARZIPAN Jessica Lind Emily Parker Eva Burton Katherine Monogue Kelsie Nobriga Emily Parker Ansa Deguchi Katherine Monogue Kelsie Nobriga
MOTHER GINGER Colby Parsons Colby Parsons Michael Linsmeier Thomas Baker Adam Hartley Kevin Cook Kevin Cook Kevin Cook Kevin Cook
DEWDROP Candace Bouchard Ansa Deguchi Kelsie Nobriga Eva Burton Xuan Cheng Katherine Monogue Candace Bouchard Kelsie Nobriga Candace Bouchard

ACT 1, December 15-18

Thurs. Dec. 15 Fri. Dec. 16 Sat. Dec. 17 Sat Dec. 17 Sun. Dec. 18 Sun. Dec 18
7:30 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Prerecorded Orchestra Orchestra Orchestra Orchestra Prerecorded
DROSSELMEIER Peter Franc Michael Linsmeier Colby Parsons Peter Franc Michael Linsmeier Colby Parsons

ACT 2, December 15-18

Thurs. Dec. 15 Fri. Dec. 16 Sat. Dec. 17 Sat Dec. 17 Sun. Dec. 18 Sun. Dec 18
7:30 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM
Prerecorded Orchestra Orchestra Orchestra Orchestra Prerecorded
SUGARPLUM
FAIRY
Xuan Cheng Martina Chavez Kelsie Nobriga Ansa Deguchi Eva Burton Candace Bouchard
CAVALIER Brian Simcoe Colby Parsons Peter Franc Avery Reiners Colby Parsons Peter Franc
COFFEE Paige Wilkey Emily Parker Makino Hildestad Martina Chavez Kimberly Nobriga Eva Burton
TEA Adam Hartley Thomas Baker Michael Linsmeier Adam Hartley Avery Reiners Alessandro Angelini
CANDYCANE Michael Linsmeier Avery Reiners Thomas Baker Michael Linsmeier Brian Simcoe Thomas Baker
MARZIPAN Eva Burton Eva Burton Katherine Monogue Jessica Lind Ansa Deguchi Emily Parker
MOTHER GINGER Kevin Cook Michael Linsmeier Colby Parsons Colby Parsons Thomas Baker Colby Parsons
DEWDROP Candace Bouchard Ansa Deguchi Eva Burton Katherine Monogue Xuan Cheng Kelsie Nobriga

ACT 1, December 10-11

Sat. Dec. 10 Sat. Dec. 10 Sun. Dec. 11 Sun. Dec. 11
2:00 7:30 2:00 7:30
Orchestra Orchestra Orchestra Prerecorded
DROSSELMEIER Peter Franc Colby Parsons Brian Simcoe Michael Linsmeier

ACT 2, December 10-11

Sat. Dec. 10 Sat. Dec. 10 Sun. Dec. 11 Sun. Dec. 11
2:00 7:30 2:00 7:30
Orchestra Orchestra Orchestra Prerecorded
SUGARPLUM FAIRY Eva Burton Xuan Cheng Candace Bouchard Ansa Deguchi
CAVALIER Colby Parsons Brian Simcoe Peter Franc Avery Reiners
DEWDROP Candace Bouchard Ansa Deguchi Xuan Cheng Eva Burton
COFFEE Kimberly Nobriga Martina Chavez Katherine Monogue Makino Hildestad
TEA Adam Hartley Thomas Baker Avery Reiners Andrew Wingert
CANDYCANE Brian Simcoe Avery Reiners Michael Linsmeier Brian Simcoe
MOTHER GINGER Kevin Cook Kevin Cook Kevin Cook Kevin Cook
MARZIPAN Ansa Deguchi Kelsie Nobriga Emily Parker Jessica Lind

*cast listings are subject to change

In stride: a tight, bright ‘Nutcracker’
Oregon Artswatch | December 14, 2016

Nothing says holiday like ‘Nutcracker’
Portland Tribune | December 8, 2016

7 things to know about Oregon Ballet Theatre’s ‘Nutcracker’
The Oregonian | December 4, 2016

ACT ONE
It is Christmas Eve in Germany 150 years ago, and Doctor and Frau Stahlbaum, along with their children Marie and Fritz, are hosting an elegant holiday party. In a festive parlor with a splendid Christmas tree, they entertain their friends and relatives with games, dances,and gifts. At the stroke of eight, an owl suddenly flaps its wings over the grandfather clock in the corner of the room and the lights flicker and fail. The party is swept with a sense of wonder as Marie’s godfather, the mysterious Herr Drosselmeier, makes a dramatic entrance with his young nephew. They have brought with them life-sized dancing toys that they unveil to the delight of the assembled guests. Drosselmeier then presents Marie with a special gift: a Nutcracker.Marie proudly shows off her new toy until Fritz, in a jealous tantrum,seizes the doll and breaks it. Drosselmeier mends the Nutcracker with his handkerchief and gives the doll to Marie, who tucks it into a toy bed beneath the Christmas tree. After a final dance, which Marie shares with the nephew, the guests say goodnight and the family goes off to bed.At midnight, Marie sneaks back to look for her Nutcracker. She soon falls asleep and, when she does, the room begins to change. Giant mice scurry through the shadows while the Christmas tree and the toys beneath it grow bigger and bigger. Under a now towering tree, the mice, led by their fierce King, do battle with the Nutcracker and his army of toy soldiers. It seems the mice will be triumphant until, at the very last moment, Marie throws her slipper at the King, distracting him long enough for the Nutcracker to run him through with his sword and seize victory. Exhausted, Marie falls onto her bed and is magically transported to the Land of Snow. There, where snowflakes dance, she is reunited with the Nutcracker, now transformed into a handsome young Prince.ACT TWO
The Nutcracker Prince leads Marie on a journey to the Palace of the Land of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy reigns. There, the Prince tells the court how Marie saved him in his battle with the Mouse King.As a reward, the Sugar Plum Fairy seats them both upon a special throne to enjoy the dancing of Spanish Hot Chocolate, Arabian Coffee,and Tea from China. Candy Canes also perform for the two, along with Marzipan Shepherdesses, Mother Ginger and her Polichinelles, and the beautiful Dew Drop Fairy and her Flowers. As a final honor,the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier dance a majestic pas de deux. Marie and the Nutcracker Prince thank the Sugar Plum Fairy for her grand entertainment and everyone in the Land of Sweets gathers to bid them farewell.
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes with one 25 minute intermission
Header Image: Peter Franc as Drosselmeier | Photos by James McGrew

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