Updated: 5:16 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 | Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012
How to Go
What: The Dayton Ballet’s Nutcracker
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and 21; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 22; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 and 23. Note that the production is family-friendly and runs under two hours. Artistic director Karen Russo Burke will conduct a post-performance Q&A along with three dancers after each performance.
Tickets: Range from $9 to $70 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonballet.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office.
Sponsors: Kettering Health Network and Vectren
MEMORIES OF THE NUTCRACKER
“We have a very fond memory of seeing the Nutcracker at Victoria Theater with our children. We had a wonderful time, and our children still talk about it. Our son brought it up last year at Christmas time as one of his best memories.
“It was their first big exposure to “the arts” and they remember getting all dressed up to go downtown, the delicious meal at Kitty’s, and then the eye popping visual experience that is The Nutcracker.”
— Leslie Parsons, West Carrollton
“In the winter of ‘89, I was a young lieutenant serving a one-year remote tour at Osan Air Base, Republic of South Korea. The base sponsored a trip to see The Nutcracker in the fabulous concert hall in Seoul.
“When we arrived at the concert hall, they promptly escorted us directly to the first row. There was a similar number of small children already seated one row behind us. Believe they were all orphans. We quickly decided to give them our front-row seats. I still get teared up every time the snowflake dance is performed these days because I vividly remember the animation of those children expressing their joy and amazement as the snowflakes floated off the stage to where they were setting. Truly a life changing event for me. My wife and children were back in the states — and the same age as some of those children — and although I couldn’t enjoy the performance with my kids, the expression of joy on the faces of those young orphans really brought home the spirit of Christmas for me and still does. The Nutcracker is an annual event for me and my wife. We can’t wait to see this year’s performance.”
— David B. Coomer, Colonel, USAF (ret), Kettering
“Growing up, my mom took me to my first ballet, The Nutcracker. I fell in love. The music was the best, I used to dance around like I was a sugar plum fairy.When I had children, my mom took my children to their first ballet. It was at the Schuster Center; they were so engaged in the production they didn’t want it to end. My mom bought each of them a Nutcracker pin for their coat, which they still have to this day. I loved The Nutcracker so much that I started collecting nutcrackers and decorating with them for Christmas.
“My mom passed away in a tragic car accident, so this year will be harder for us, but the memories of The Nutcracker will forever bring us memories of warmth and joy of so many blessed holidays we got to spend with her.”
— Marion Dates, Huber Heights
“Every holiday season, beginning when I was 8, my Mother would take my brother and I to see The Nutcracker in Fort Wayne. It was a highlight of the holiday season. I loved getting dressed up and going downtown to see that wonderful story come to life on the stage. This tradition continued through high school. Once I started college, I went to The Nutcracker in South Bend every year until I graduated. I am very excited to see the Nutcracker this year with the Philharmonic Orchestra in the pit.
— Michelle Letizia Beery, Miami Twp.
“My daughter, Melissa, and I started attending the Dayton Nutcracker ballet when she was probably just 5 years old. When Melissa went away to college her first year, I was so surprised when she asked if we were going to Nutcracker over Christmas break. I have come to treasure this tradition with my daughter and the time taken out of a hectic holiday season to relax for two hours and spend time with my beautiful daughter who is equally delighted to spend time with her mother. There is no better gift in the world!”
— Theresa Feeser, Centerville