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.December 11 at 1:00 p.m
December 10 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Von Braun Center
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
December 9, 10, 11
The Nutcracker
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The Huntsville Ballet Company returns to the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall with The Nutcracker December 9 - 11. HBC Company members and students from the Huntsville Ballet School perform in this beloved ballet classic reimagined and set in historic Huntsville in the Erskine family home on Christmas Eve.
Over the years Artistic Director Phillip Otto has added details and elements to the traditional ballet that make it unique to Huntsville and this year is no different. The addition of a Gypsy Band in place of the Spanish dancers is a nod to the Gypsy Queen reportedly buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery. These characters join Aunt Eunice and her Biscuits, the Stars that fell on Alabama and the Watercress Fairy. This year, Mr. Otto has commissioned a new backdrop for the Land of the Sweets from acclaimed set designer and artist Gregory Hill that conveys the colorful world of Laura Erskine’s dream.
Huntsville Ballet Company Principal Couple Sarah Pautz and Jayson Pescasio reprise the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. The performance features accompaniment by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Lee.
The Nutcracker runs for four regular performances from December 9 through 11 at the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall of the Von Braun Center. Ticket prices range from $29 to $38. Purchase tickets by calling 256-539-0961, at Ticketmaster, The VBC Box Office,, or in person at 800 Regal Dr.
The Huntsville Ballet Company is under the umbrella of Community Ballet Association, Inc., a non-profit member of the state and local Arts Councils. The Company holds a long and rich history in the art of dance offering classical and contemporary repertoire to the state of Alabama. Huntsville Ballet Company continues to bring to the Huntsville community the highest quality of dance, performing ballets such as The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, The Firebird, and Swan Lake among others. Each year, The Nutcracker affords students from Huntsville Ballet School the opportunity to audition and perform with the Company at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the Huntsville Ballet Company strives to create new works each season commissioned from resident and guest choreographers.
The Nutty Nutcracker
The Huntsville Ballet Company, special guests and volunteers will offer a special, zany performance of The Nutcracker on December 11 at 6 p.m. The performance follows the basic plot of the holiday favorite with some silly twists and turns thrown in by the artist, volunteers and staff. “It’s a chance for everyone to blow off a little steam and have fun with our favorite show.” Says Artistic Director Phillip Otto. Tickets are $12. Details at
Military Night
Huntsville Ballet, along with Team Redstone, S3 and our community partners, will host a magical evening at the Von Braun Center, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Active Duty, Retired, Guard and Reserve military members and their families are invited to a complimentary performance of The Nutcracker. This year Huntsville Ballet is partnering with Toys for Tots and will have boxes at the door for contributions of new, unwrapped toys. Complimentary Tickets are available at MWR and Huntsville Ballet, 800 Regal Drive with proper identification.
There is no charge for this performance, but you MUST have a ticket to enter. Questions may be addressed to