The Appalachian Ballet Company brings The Nutcracker live

The Appalachian Ballet Company in their 43rd season will present the annual holiday tradition – The Nutcracker. The production features live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. The Appalachian Ballet Company will present four public shows December 6th at 8 pm & December 7th at 2 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium AND December 13th at 2pm and 8pm at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Two school matinees (includes K-8 curriculum guide covering common core standards) will be presented at 10 am at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Dec. 4th and 5th. Teachers may call 982-8463.

Dancing the role of the Nutcracker Prince the first weekend will be David Ward, courtesy of BalletMet, Columbus, OH. He will be partnering ballerina Kylie Morton Berry, the Sugarplum Fairy, formerly with North Carolina Dance Theatre. The second weekend Ms. Berry will be joined by freelance artist Peter Doll of Atlanta, GA.

This year’s production will include several new pieces of choreography featuring guests artists, who will be traveling in to perform with ABC’s soloists.

For over 100 years, this classic story has proven to be a favorite, enchanting audiences of all ages. Come see the magic with lavish scenery, glorious tutus, soldiers, snowflakes and sugar plums at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium or The Clayton Center for the Arts – the first and second weekends of December. Tickets are now on sale — call ABC at 865.982.8463 or Knox Tickets 865.656.4444 or Clayton Center 981-8590.