PEMBROKE, NC – The Givens Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke will present the holiday class “The Nutcracker” on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m.
The Nutcracker, based on a story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffman with music by Tchaikovsky, is a classic ballet in two acts. The story’s origins are rooted in the success of “Sleeping Beauty,” also choreographed by Marius Petipa.
The show brings to life such popular classics as the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Flowers.”
The ballet was first performed in St. Petersburg in 1892, but it wasn’t until 1944 that a full-length production was performed in the United States at the San Francisco Ballet.
The Christmas ballet was first performed outside of Russia in England in 1934, but the full-length production first appeared in the United States in 1944 at the San Francisco Opera Ballet under the direction of William Christensen.
The Nutcracker Ballet is produced by Dance Alive National Ballet, featuring an international roster of award-winning dancers. The company has performed more than 200 times in the United States, Costa Rica, Brazil, Russia and Bulgaria.
“The Nutcracker is a holiday staple,” said James Bass, executive director of Givens Performing Arts Center. “We’re proud to present this classic ballet as part of our season, and we are especially happy to offer it just in time to help set the holiday mood.”
Tickets range from $21 to $41 for adults and $18 for children. For information about tickets and the full season lineup, visit www.uncp.edu/gpac or call 910-521-6361. Some shows on the season will also carry an option for the Act I Diner’s pre-show dinners. Call or check the website for dates.
Other shows on the GPAC season include Bandstand on Jan. 29, The Siberian State Symphony on Feb. 18 and the Broadway performance of The Color Purple on March 2.