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B.A. Students Perform in Tulsa Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

HOLIDAY PRODUCTION: Broken Arrow students, top left, Janie Ellis, top right, Audrey Ellis, bottom from left, Jaelynn Autry and Khloe Crowder all performed in Tulsa Ballet’s December production of The Nutcracker. Tulsa Ballet’s current version of The Nutcracker hit its 15-year mark in 2017, with a new version on the horizon, says Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini.

Four Broken Arrow Tulsa Ballet students, Audrey Ellis, Jaelynn Autry, Janie Ellis and Khloe Crowder, recently performed in Tulsa Ballet’s The Nutcracker, which ran in December at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Each year during The Nutcracker, four generations share the stage. Over 100 students, TBII (the second company of Tulsa Ballet), the main company and retired dancers all come together to help create the much-anticipated holiday show.

In addition to Broken Arrow students, the show also featured students from all across Greater Tulsa and beyond, including Bixby, Claremore, Coweta, Glenpool, Jenks, Oklahoma City, Porter, Sand Springs and Sapulpa.

This marked the 15th year that this version of The Nutcracker was performed.

The current version is set in 1920s Paris and pays tribute to the birthplace of classical ballet and the art deco architecture of Tulsa. The show boasts breathtaking choreography, elaborate sets and stunning costumes that help to bring this classic holiday fairytale to life, says Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini.

While Tulsa Ballet continues to celebrate the success of its current version of The Nutcracker, Angelini is currently planning for a new version:
“The planned lifespan of our current version was 10 years,” he says. “I am amazed that still, in its 15th season, the ballet is current in concept and look. 

“However, with the inception of technology in dance productions and the exponential growth of the company, we know the next version of this classic will be extraordinary. There is so much you can do today with hydraulics and projections that was not even on the horizon 15 years ago, and with the budget for the new production set at over three times the cost of the current version, (the new show) will definitely wow our audience.”

Updated 02-01-2018

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