“The Nutcracker” ballet is coming to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center Nov. 17. The ballet is a holiday classic and this performance provides an updated take, featuring brand new choreography and productions by Andrey Litvinov.
The State Ballet Theater of Ukraine originally premiered “The Nutcracker” in Dnipro, Ukraine in Dec. 2020, but the pandemic severely disrupted the touring and training process. With hard work from all involved, the ballet still managed to be completed despite the interruptions. The ballet will be travelling the U.S.A. and Canada through Jan. 2022.w
“This is a story for all ages. If you believe in a dream - a dream can come true,” Michael Art, the tour’s producer said, “There is wonderful music in this ballet. It’s complex, philosophical, with humor and tragedy. The Nutcracker has become one of the brightest ballets in our repertoire. The performance involves a ballet troupe of 57 dancers. More than 100 exclusive costumes have been created especially for this production.”
“Creating the ballet ‘The Nutcracker,’ we wanted to give the audience an unforgettable experience, immerse them in a fairy tale, and help them believe in miracles,” Konstantin Pinchuk, the theater’s artistic director, production designer said. “This is especially important for all of us today when the pandemic has greatly changed the life of everyone. Working on the ballet, we primarily focused on the children’s audience. Therefore, the costumes, decorations, props turned out to be very bright and colorful. Our main task is for a child, having seen this ballet, to want to come to the theater again. However, we are sure that the performance will interest audiences of all ages. After all, we all need a real fairy tale in our life.”
“The Nutcracker” will finally be on stage at The Luhrs Performing Arts Center after a year of perseverance on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Per university policy, masks will be required for this indoor event.
Reserved ticket prices range from $75 to $35. Tickets can be purchased online at www.luhrscenter.com or by phoning the Luhrs box office at 717-477-SHOW (7469).
Be sure to check the Luhrs website to see the many shows coming to Shippensburg in Spring 2022.
For additional information about The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine, visit www.luhrscenter.com or call 717-477-SHOW (7469).