Nutcracker Tradition Continues

ON TOE: Daniela Buson will appear in Tulsa Ballet’s first two performances of The Nutcracker on December 10 and 11.

The family tradition continues with a touch of class, style and sophistication as Tulsa Ballet presents the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. From December 10 through December 24, audiences at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center will be dazzled by the unique Art Deco inspired Marcello Angelini production.

Tulsa Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker mixes the visuals of a Broadway show with the beauty of an era that brings to mind holiday memories and endearing traditions.

“I want to take our audience on an imaginary trip to a far away place, a place of glamour in a time of glamour, comparable to a Broadway show,” says Angelini.

Tulsa Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker begins at the Paris Opera House with a Christmas party. Audience favorites, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snowflakes, the Mouse King, and the Nutcracker’s army share the journey once again. The rousing national dances paying tribute to Russia, Arabia, Spain and China take turns gracing the stage. Guests should also expect the return of Mother Ginger, from years past, in the guise of Madame Bon Bon with her troupe of tap dancers.

“…The Nutcracker may have all the trappings of a grown-up ballet – the demanding yet expressive choreography; the stylish, sophisticated costumes; the grandiose sets…even a healthy dose of physical comedy…This Nutcracker retains one quality that has made this story such an enduring part of the holiday season. At its core, there beats the heart of a child,” wrote James D.Watts, of The Tulsa World.

This timeless holiday tradition continues when Tulsa Ballet opens The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Throughout the month of December, seven additional performances of the show that has been called professional, creative and classy will be offered.

Tickets for The Nutcracker are on sale now. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 10, at 7 p.m., Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, December 18, at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 22, at 7 p.m., Friday, December 23, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 24, at 1 p.m.

All performances are at Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center located in downtown Tulsa on the corner of Third Street and Cincinnati Avenue.

Season subscriptions, single tickets and group tickets for Tulsa Ballet are available by phone at (918)-749-6006 or online at Single tickets are also available at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center by phone at (918)-596-7111 or online at

Updated 11-22-2005

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