Appalachian Ballet’s “Nutcracker” with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra to Delight This Holiday Season

Press Release # Local

MARYVILLE, TN – The Appalachian Ballet Company will present the annual holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker” with live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

For more than 100 years, this classic story has proven to be a favorite. Come see the magic with lavish scenery, over 215 costumes, dancing soldiers, swirling snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Dancing the role of the Nutcracker Prince for the Knoxville shows will be Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer, Da’Von Doane. This well-known guest artist will partner with ballerina Kylie Morton Berry, the Sugarplum Fairy, formerly with North Carolina Dance Theatre, for the Dec. 7-8 performances. Berry will be partnered by Connor Walsh, principal dancer with Houston Ballet for the Dec. 13-14 performances. Walsh has been the principal dancer for Houston Ballet since 2007.

This year’s production will include several new pieces of choreography and feature guests artists Alex Gonzaga and Laura Morton from Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre based in Atlanta as the Snow King and Snow Queen. James La Russa of Staibdance in Atlanta will dance the role of Herr Drosselmeyer bringing an air of magic and mystery.

For tickets and more information, visit www.appalachianballet.com.

Photo credit: Richard Calmes Photography