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PERFORMANCES
Saturday, Dec. 13 – 2:00 pm*
Saturday, Dec. 13 – 7:30 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 14 – 2:00 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 14 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 18 – 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 19 – 2:00 pm
Friday, Dec. 19 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 2:00 pm*
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 7:30 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 21 – 2:00 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 21 – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 23 – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 23 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 24 – 12 pm
Friday, Dec. 26 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 27 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 27 – 7:30 pm

*OBT Orchestra performs live

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RUNTIME: 2 hrs

Create memories that last a lifetime at this holiday classic. No holiday season is complete without experiencing the magic of George Balanchine’s THE NUTCRACKER. Follow little Marie’s larger-than-life adventure, where toys come valiantly to the rescue, snowflakes twirl and leap to guide unexpected heroes into a land filled with dazzling confections, and the dancers of OBT shine in seventeen thrilling, joy-filled performances. This year, we’re delighted to offer three shows after Christmas to make it even easier to share the magic of the Nutcracker with all your friends and family.

Photo: Avery Reiners in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Photo by Tatiana Wills.


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  • $15 can send one child to experience a magical break from her hospital routine;
  • $45 can send that child and her parents to create memories as a family;
  • $75 can send a low-income family to an enchanted land; and
  • $120 can send eight seniors with limited mobility to relive cherished childhood memories.
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Photo: Blaine Truitt Covert

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PERFORMANCES
Saturday, Dec. 13 – 2:00 pm*
Saturday, Dec. 13 – 7:30 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 14 – 2:00 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 14 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 18 – 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 19 – 2:00 pm
Friday, Dec. 19 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 2:00 pm*
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 7:30 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 21 – 2:00 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 21 – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 23 – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 23 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 24 – 12 pm
Friday, Dec. 26 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 27 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 27 – 7:30 pm

*OBT Orchestra performs live

SPONSORED BY
Mentor Graphics
PCC Structurals
Wells Fargo Private Bank
Portland Monthly
Kink fm radio
The Oregonian

RUNTIME: 2 hrs

PHOTOS & VIDEO

KATU News segment: Nutcracker Ballet opens in Portland KATU preview of The Nutcracker

"It's one of the most treasured holiday traditions. Oregon Ballet Theatre gave KATU an exclusive backstage look at their rehearsals before opening day on Saturday at Keller Auditorium."


To view the photo gallery on Flickr, click HERE

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Nutcracker Rehearsal
Nutcracker Rehearsal
Nutcracker Rehearsal
Nutcracker Rehearsal
Nutcracker Rehearsal
 
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PERFORMANCES
Saturday, Dec. 13 – 2:00 pm*
Saturday, Dec. 13 – 7:30 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 14 – 2:00 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 14 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 18 – 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 19 – 2:00 pm
Friday, Dec. 19 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 2:00 pm*
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 7:30 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 21 – 2:00 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 21 – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 23 – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 23 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 24 – 12 pm
Friday, Dec. 26 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 27 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 27 – 7:30 pm

*OBT Orchestra performs live

SPONSORED BY
Mentor Graphics
PCC Structurals
Wells Fargo Private Bank
Portland Monthly
Kink fm radio
The Oregonian

RUNTIME: 2 hrs

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

 
 

OBT Blog: Act I of The Nutcracker: A Christmas Eve Party Leads to Mystery and Magic

While setting The Nutcracker George Balanchine recalled his experiences as a young man at the Mariinsky Theatre, where he danced four roles in the ballet. So how fitting it is that the ballet’s opening picture is that of children: Marie and her brother Fritz. It is approximately 150 years ago and the children are waiting to join their parents at their Christmas Eve party. For the party scene, Balanchine remembered traditional holiday parties he had attended at Bolshoi Hall, where the children were well dressed, played games and danced together. - Read the entire blog post

Balanchine as a child
As a young man, George Balanchine danced in the Nutcracker at the Maryiinsky Theatre.


OBT Blog: Act II of The Nutcracker: Inside Balanchine’s Candy Box

When we return after intermission we find ourselves transported to Konfituerenburg or the Land of the Sweets. Balanchine said, “When the curtain rises we are inside a huge box of candy!” He drew on his childhood memories of Eliseyevsky’s, a grand sweet shop that Balanchine said was as opulent as a palace and filled with delicious treats from around the world. He remembered that the store had sawdust on the floor that silenced the children’s footsteps – an effect reminiscent of those quiet, tiny footsteps under long hoop skirts that make the angels seem to glide onstage in the beginning of Act II. - Read the entire blog post

Balanchine's Candy Box
The set design for Balanchine’s “Land of Sweets” drew on his childhood memories of a grand sweet store.


OBT Blog: The Origins of a Holiday Classic

Our story begins in 1816, with E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." Hoffman lived in the Kingdom of Prussia and wrote stories that merged fantasy and reality, and which often included inanimate things come to life. His story about the Nutcracker included some gruesome details, so when Alexandre Dumas wrote his version of the tale in 1844, it was watered-down and less scary. Dumas’ is the version that was used when, in 1892, the Nutcracker tale was turned into a ballet by a team of Russians. - Read the entire blog post

Nutcracker origins
The Nutcracker, 1892


The Oregonian: Sugar Plum Fairy is a 'Nutcracker' dream come true for 3 Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers

"For years, principal dancers Alison Roper and Yuka Iino dominated the role [of the Sugarplum Fairy] in [OBT]'s annual production. ...But their retirements in recent years has opened the door for three ballerinas who are getting their first chance to dance the Sugar Plum Fairy this year. For Candace Bouchard, Eva Burton and Martina Chavez, it's a "Nutcracker" dream come true." - Read the entire Oregonian Preview, December 9, 2014

Oregonian Preview
Candace Bouchard in rehearsal for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.


Oregon Arts Watch: Creating ‘The Nutcracker': It’s kids’ stuff
Gavin Larsen and a ballet school's worth of students get ready for OBT's annual holiday ballet, opening Saturday

"There isn’t a whole lot of time left before OBT’s annual run of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker opens... children’s ballet master Gavin Larsen is coaching Ruby Mae Lefebvre, one of the Maries, in the first act transition scene between the party’s end and the battle of the mice and toy soldiers. Two more Maries, Malia McClanahan and Zaida Johnson, sit quietly on the studio floor, backs against the wall, intent on what Lefebre is doing and what Larsen is saying about it." - Read the entire Oregon Arts Watch Preview, December 9, 2014

Oregon Arts Watch Preview
Veyonce Ratcliffe as "Marie" and Collin Trummel as "Fritz." This year Trummel will be the Nutcracker Prince. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.


The Oregonian has selected "6 moments of Nutcracker magic." Find out what to watch for!

"It wouldn’t feel like Christmas without Oregon Ballet Theatre’s annual production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. With its beautiful Tchaikovsky score and colorful costumes, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Here are 6 key moments of Nutcracker magic, along with notes from OBT artistic director Kevin Irving on what makes them so special." - View The Oregonian's gallery

Oregonian Nutcracker Magic

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PERFORMANCES
Saturday, Dec. 13 – 2:00 pm*
Saturday, Dec. 13 – 7:30 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 14 – 2:00 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 14 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 18 – 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 19 – 2:00 pm
Friday, Dec. 19 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 2:00 pm*
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 7:30 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 21 – 2:00 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 21 – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 23 – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 23 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 24 – 12 pm
Friday, Dec. 26 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 27 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 27 – 7:30 pm

*OBT Orchestra performs live

SPONSORED BY
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PCC Structurals
Wells Fargo Private Bank
Portland Monthly
Kink fm radio
The Oregonian

RUNTIME: 2 hrs

PREVIEWS & REVIEWS

The Oregonian: Children from School of OBT adorn 'The Nutcracker' with energy, enchantment

  • "[Oregon Ballet Theatre's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker] had musicality and neoclassical precision in spades."
  • "[Second Act] standouts were Jordan Kindell [as 'Candy Cane'] in effortless-looking acrobatics with a hoop, Ye Li's pristine jumps [as 'Tea'] and Dewdrop's Candace Bouchard, all grace and light in an extremely difficult roll."
  • "[The 'Snowflakes'] unison precision in Balanchine's choreography was seven minutes of pure magic."
  • "Xuan Cheng and Brian Simcoe as 'The Sugar Plum Fairy' and her 'Cavalier' in the second act [were] marvelously attuned to the score and one another, with showstopper solo variations to boot."
  • "... the school's commitment to training is evident ..."
  • READ THE OREGONIAN REVIEW, December 14, 2014

Jordan Kindell in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.
Jordan Kindell as "Candy Cane" in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.


Martha Ullman West for Oregon Arts Watch: ‘Nut': doin’ what comes naturally

  • "There’s much to love in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, and in the way it is performed by Oregon Ballet Theatre."
  • "Chauncey Parsons as Herr Drosselmeier [was] avuncular in the party scene when he presented the dancing dolls and the Nutcracker, and deliciously sinister as he sets the stage for Marie’s dream, proved himself as good a character dancer as he is a bravura technician."
  • "Candace Bouchard... [as Dewdrop]... has made this role her own in the last couple of years, and on Saturday she really nailed it, dancing it with such musicality and delicate strength ..."
  • "Jordan Kindell infused his performance of what’s now called Candy Cane with what I imagine is much the same infectious joy as the young Balanchine."
  • "And when danced well, as it was on Saturday afternoon, by Xuan Cheng and Brian Simcoe, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier’s Grand Pas de Deux can certainly make the heart beat faster and the tears flow."
  • "... it is the dancers, after all, with the help of their ballet masters (in this instance Lisa Kipp and Jeffrey Stanton), who at the end of the day are responsible for providing this Nutcracker much to love."

Kelsie Nobriga in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Photo by James McGrew.
Kelsie Nobriga as a "Snowflake" in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Photo by James McGrew.


The Oregonian: Sugar Plum Fairy is a 'Nutcracker' dream come true for 3 Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers

"The Sugar Plum Fairy is the queen of George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker.' She presides over the ballet's second act with regal grace, and her breathtaking duet with her Cavalier is one of the evening's most-beautiful moments. For years, principal dancers Alison Roper and Yuka Iino dominated the role in Oregon Ballet Theatre's annual production, which kicks off its run this Saturday and continues through Dec. 27. But their retirements in recent years has opened the door for three ballerinas who are getting their first chance to dance the Sugar Plum Fairy this year. For Candace Bouchard, Eva Burton and Martina Chavez, it's a "Nutcracker" dream come true."

- Read the entire Oregonian Preview, December 9, 2014

Oregonian Preview
Eva Burton as the "Sugarplum Fairy" in rehearsal for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.


Oregon Arts Watch: Creating ‘The Nutcracker': It’s kids’ stuff
Gavin Larsen and a ballet school's worth of students get ready for OBT's annual holiday ballet, opening Saturday

"It is 3:45 p.m. on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Chattering children in various sizes and shapes, dressed in practice clothes, mill around the lobby outside the main studio in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s current digs on Southeast Sixth Avenue, where Nutcracker rehearsals will soon take place. There isn’t a whole lot of time left before OBT’s annual run of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker opens at the Keller Auditorium on Saturday, December 13. The crowd spills over into the corridor outside the company’s second studio, where children’s ballet master Gavin Larsen is coaching Ruby Mae Lefebvre, one of the Maries, in the first act transition scene between the party’s end and the battle of the mice and toy soldiers. Two more Maries, Malia McClanahan and Zaida Johnson, sit quietly on the studio floor, backs against the wall, intent on what Lefebre is doing and what Larsen is saying about it."

- Read the entire Oregon Arts Watch Preview, December 9, 2014

Oregon Arts Watch Preview
Veyonce Ratcliffe as "Marie" and Collin Trummel as "Fritz." This year Trummel will be the Nutcracker Prince. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

 

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PERFORMANCES
Saturday, Dec. 13 – 2:00 pm*
Saturday, Dec. 13 – 7:30 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 14 – 2:00 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 14 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 18 – 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 19 – 2:00 pm
Friday, Dec. 19 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 2:00 pm*
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 7:30 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 21 – 2:00 pm*
Sunday, Dec. 21 – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 23 – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 23 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 24 – 12 pm
Friday, Dec. 26 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 27 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 27 – 7:30 pm

*OBT Orchestra performs live

SPONSORED BY
Mentor Graphics
PCC Structurals
Wells Fargo Private Bank
Portland Monthly
Kink fm radio
The Oregonian

RUNTIME: 2 hrs

CASTING

Casting is subject to change and is posted the week before opening.

DECEMBER 13-14, 2014

DEC 13 at 2:00
DEC 13 at 7:30
DEC 14 at 2:00
DEC 14 at 7:30
Sugarplum Fairy
XUAN CHENG
ANSA DEGUCHI
CANDACE BOUCHARD
MARTINA CHAVEZ
Her Cavalier
BRIAN SIMCOE
MICHAEL LINSMEIER
BRETT BAUER
BRIAN SIMCOE
Dewdrop
CANDACE BOUCHARD
XUAN CHENG
ANSA DEGUCHI
CANDACE BOUCHARD

DECEMBER 18-19, 2014

DEC 18 at 7:30
DEC 19 at 2:00
DEC 19 at 7:30
Sugarplum Fairy
XUAN CHENG
EVA BURTON
CANDACE BOUCHARD
Her Cavalier
BRIAN SIMCOE
CHAUNCEY PARSONS
BRETT BAUER
Dewdrop
CANDACE BOUCHARD
MARTINA CHAVEZ
XUAN CHENG

DECEMBER 20-21, 2014

DEC 20 at 2:00
DEC 20 at 7:30
DEC 21 at 2:00
DEC 21 at 7:30
Sugarplum Fairy
MARTINA CHAVEZ
XUAN CHENG
ANSA DEGUCHI
MARTINA CHAVEZ
Her Cavalier
BRIAN SIMCOE
CHAUNCEY PARSONS
MICHAEL LINSMEIER
BRIAN SIMCOE
Dewdrop
ANSA DEGUCHI
CANDACE BOUCHARD
MARTINA CHAVEZ
CANDACE BOUCHARD

DECEMBER 23-26, 2014

DEC 23 at 2:00
DEC 23 at 7:30
DEC 24 at noon
DEC 26 at 7:30
Sugarplum Fairy
Her Cavalier
Dewdrop

DECEMBER 27, 2014

DEC 27 at 2:00
DEC 27 at 7:30
Sugarplum Fairy
Her Cavalier
Dewdrop
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