‘The Nutcracker’ returns Dec. 3-4 for 31st year at Jane Tasch Theatre

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nutcrackerNow entering its fourth decade of supporting and delighting the Livingston County community, Brighton School of Ballet (formerly Fountain Ballet) is presenting the 31st annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet. This high-quality and much cherished holiday spectacular is the county’s original Nutcracker performance and features nearly 100 local dancers and performers, beloved music, colorful costuming and props, and a Christmas tree that grows right before the audience’s eyes!

In addition to Brighton School of Ballet’s dedicated students, this year’s performances will once again feature exciting guest artists from near and far. Professional dancers Marena Perez and Daniel Ramirez from the National Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico will reprise their dazzling rendition of the ‘Sugar Plum Pas de Deux,’ while Livingston County’s dynamic Jumpin’ Allstars jumprope team will “hop to it” in a vibrant and entertaining twist.

nutcracker811-1With its rich history, the performance has become a treasured tradition that helps kick off the holiday season for so many families. “We’re honored to play a part in creating treasured memories for local families, as we continue to showcase the depth of artistic talent and appreciation in this community,” said second-generation artistic director Katrina Frelich.

Performances are Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 pm at the beautiful Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theatre, 2130 E. M-36, Pinckney. Tickets are available for purchase at www.brightonschoolofballet.com. Ticket prices are $20 (adult) and $18 (child/teen/senior). All seats are reserved.

For the second year, Brighton School of Ballet will be donating 100% of the weekend’s bottled water sales to Rain Catchers, the Howell-based charitable organization that leads missionary volunteers to the southeastern mountains of Haiti to build sustainable and life-saving rainwater collection systems.

The Brighton School of Ballet is located at 431 W. Main St. in downtown Brighton, Mich. Call (810) 229-7690, or go to www.brightonschoolofballet.com.

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  1. I have never seen the Nutcracker and my 9 year old daughter would love this!

  2. Would love to take my 10 year old daughter to experience the beauty of the ballet!

  3. A polished and well done program the whole family can enjoy, from toddlers (bright colorful costumes and music!) to the most senior (brings out the child in all our memories!). Toys coming to life, who can’t relate to THAT?! It’s called imagination at it’s BEST.

  4. Love the new poster. Every year I look for something new and the Nutcracker never disappoints!

  5. Excited to bring my daughter to see what her mom did as a kid!

  6. It sounds like a great start to the Christmas season! I LOVE the Nutcracker!!

  7. My kids enjoy the music but haven’t seen the performance live. I hope to get them to this quality local show!

  8. I would love to take my girls (6 and 4years old) to this! Going to see the nutcracker has become a tradition for us and seeing their excitement and reactions to the ballerinas is priceless.

  9. Four generations coming to the performance to share a holiday tradition. So excited to see Lucy Michelle (Wentzel) De LaCruz experience her first Nutcracker.

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