The Texarkana Community Ballet will present the 30th Anniversary of the Nutcracker Ballet on Friday, December 3, Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5, 2021. Tickets are on sale now.
In 2021, the Nutcracker returns, and tickets are now available. Tickets are available at the Perot Box Office on Main Street downtown, or online at perottheatre.org. For many, the annual performance is a holiday tradition, and last year was just heartbreaking that the dancers were unable to perform.
The pandemic prevented the dancers from performing the annual show in 2020, but we held an event at the 1894 Gallery to show off their costumes and meet the public and we had a lot of fun, but you could still feel the disappointment from these dancers that had worked so hard.
The Texarkana Community Ballet will present four performances of the beloved Nutcracker Ballet on December 3, 4, and 5 at the historic Perot Theatre in downtown Texarkana. This marks the 30th Anniversary of productions of the Nutcracker by Texarkana Community Ballet.
Set to the familiar music of Peter I. Tchaikovsky, with choreography by TCB member teachers and directors, and with new costumes and scenery, the 2021 Nutcracker continues the holiday tradition of Texarkana Community Ballet presentations of classical ballets.
Company auditions were held in August, with 225 dancers ages 8-18 cast in the performance. Each season, TCB brings a professional dancer or teacher to Texarkana to audition students and to cast the ballet. Dancers are selected on four levels of advancement.
The following dancers were chosen for soloist and featured dancer roles: Sugar Plum Fairy: Olivia Grace George Nutcracker Prince: Will Porterfield Clara: Rylee McDuffie Fritz: Layne Byers Dew Drop Fairy: Eleanor Hornok Snow Queen: Norah Jordan Ballerina Doll: Lauren Friday Harlequin Doll: Helen Clark Hays Mother Ginger: Paige Chambers Reed Flutes: Summer Barrick Michael Skotnik will again perform as Herr Drosselmeyer, the mysterious dollmaker who gifts Clara with her nutcracker, setting the stage for her magical journey.
Richard and Vicki Hornok will reprise their roles as the Mayor and his wife. The Nutcracker is a fantasy of childhood, a young girl’s dream of magic, based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” The girl, Clara, is thrilled with the party hosted by her parents on Christmas Eve and with the gift she receives, then finds herself transported in her dreams through battles between terrifying rats and transformed toy soldiers, through a forest filled with elegant dancing trees and snowflakes, and into a kingdom where her favorite sweets and her beloved Nutcracker perform variations and a pas de deux for her pleasure.
Texarkana Community Ballet is a cooperative effort of the following dance schools: Judith McCarty School of Dancing, All Stars Dance Center, Lana LaVoice Grounds School of Dance, Tammie Duncan School of Dance, Patti Smith’s Dancing Unlimited, Joni’s Gymnastics and Dance Centré, Texarkana Dance Academy, and Red Door Dance Academy.
Performances are Friday, December 3 at 7 pm; Saturday, December 4 at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, December 5 at 2 pm.
Ticket prices are $15, $13, $11. Tickets can be purchased at the Perot Theatre Box Office 221 Main Street Texarkana, at (903) 792-4992, and at www.perottheatre.org
The Nutcracker Ballet is just one of the many things that the Perot Theatre does during the Holiday Seasons, to learn more about upcoming events, take a look at perottheatre.org.