It’s the most wonderful time of the year: time for Brighton School of Ballet’s 33rd annual presentation of the beloved holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” This year’s production will take to the stage at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts with performances at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.
A beloved holiday tradition for families across Livingston County, this beautiful rendition of the classic ballet features more than 100 local dancers, handcrafted scenery, and the cherished music that has enchanted generations. This year, Brighton School of Ballet is pleased to welcome three world-renowned professional dancers to the performance: Francisco Rivera of Puerto Rico’s Mauro Ballet returns in the role of the Nutcracker, and New York City-based dancers Francis Lawrence and Xiaoxiao Cao will grace the stage in the roles of the Cavalier and the Sugar Plum Fairy respectively.
“We’re honored to be able to bring these incredibly talented and dedicated professional dancers to the local stage,” said Katrina Frelich, Brighton School of Ballet’s owner and artistic director. “They bring such a High caliber of professionalism that elevates our performance and inspires our young dancers and audiences alike.”
Continuing the tradition of giving back to the community, this year Brighton School of Ballet will raffle off two handmade, Nutcracker-themed quilts created by local quilter Karen Villa, with proceeds going to Fund a Life, the local non-profit providing financial and emotional support to those facing major illnesses or other life-altering obstacles. A hardcover Nutcracker storybook autographed by Clara, the Nutcracker, the Cavalier, and the Sugar Plum Fairy accompanies each of the quilts, making for a memorable and unique holiday gift for any dance lover!
“In years past, we’ve used our Nutcracker performances to raise money to build sustainable water systems in Haiti and to help with the recovery effort from Hurricane Maria for our dancer friends in Puerto Rico,” Frelich said. “Our patrons have been so generous, and this year we hope to build on that legacy of caring and sharing by helping a very worthwhile organization right here in our community.”
Raffle tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased at Brighton School of Ballet’s front desk, as well as during intermission of any of the performances. One winner will be drawn at the Saturday evening performance, and one on Sunday. Winners need not be present to claim prizes.
In addition, BSB will give away two pairs of tickets to the Saturday evening performance to lucky readers of the Livingston Post. Leave a comment on this story to be entered. Winners will be drawn on Nov. 30, 2018.