Saint Louis Ballet Presents Holiday Classic at the Touhill Performing Arts Center: December 20-29

Saint Louis Ballet, the region’s only professional ballet company, presents The Nutcracker December 20-29 at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. Directed by former New York City Ballet principal Gen Horiuchi, this holiday production features the company’s resident dancers who hail from the nation’s top training programs and beyond.

What:           

12 performances of The Nutcracker

  • December 20, 2013 - 7:00PM
  • December 21, 2013 - 2:30PM & 7:00PM
  • December 22, 2013 - 2:30PM & 7:00PM
  • December 26, 2013 - 7:00PM
  • December 27, 2013 - 2:30PM & 7:00PM
  • December 28, 2013 - 2:30PM & 7:00PM December 29, 2013 - 2:30PM & 7:00PM

Where:  

Anheuser-Busch Auditorium at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center; University of Missouri-St. Louis One University Blvd, MO 63121

Tickets:

$28-$52 ($18-$42 for children up to age 12) on sale at www.touhill.org or (314)516-4949

Extras:

Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon (Holiday-themed lunch plus special activities and photos with the dancers.) December 21 and 22 at 12:30pm. $33 per person. Package available with Nutcracker Performance ticket. All on sale at www.touhill.org or (314)516-4949.

The legendary Nutcracker ballet, appropriate for all ages, features Tchaikovsky’s classic score, spectacular dancing from 21 members of Saint Louis Ballet and more than 80 local ballet students, as well as dazzling special effects. “The Touhill is an ideal venue for The Nutcracker, with a 2600 sq. ft. stage and stunning auditorium with over 1600 seats” said Horiuchi. “It’s a wonderful setting for both the dancers and the audience members.”

More about Saint Louis Ballet

Saint Louis Ballet is the region’s major professional ballet company. Under the direction of former New York City Ballet principal dancer Gen Horiuchi, its 21 classically trained dancers are selected in a competitive national audition and come to St. Louis from training programs and ballet companies throughout the world. The company’s repertoire includes full-length ballets such as Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet and Cinderella as well as contemporary work from renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Christopher d’Amboise, Jessica Lang, and Pam Tanowitz. In addition to a season of fully mounted productions, Saint Louis Ballet operates a ballet training program and conducts outreach to 1,000 at-risk students through its partnerships with local social service agencies and public schools.

More about The Nutcracker

Young Clara and her mischievous Uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer, concocts a fantasy world for Clara, replete with a growing Christmas tree and a Nutcracker doll that comes to life and battles a Mouse King. With the defeat of the Mouse King brings a fantastical sleigh ride through falling snow and dancing snowflakes. Clara's visit to the Land of Sweets is a showcase of dancing treats presented by the Sugar Plum Fairy herself.

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