The Nutcracker - UNCSA

The Nutcracker

Experience the lush score, vivid sets and costumes, and extraordinary performances that have made UNCSA's "The Nutcracker" a cherished holiday tradition. "The Nutcracker" will be performed at the Stevens Center for nine performances Dec. 12-20.

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The Nutcracker 2015

Presented by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Directed by: Jared Redick
Original Staging and Direction by: Ethan Stiefel
Musical Direction by: Charles Barker 
Conducted by: John McKeever (Dec. 13-20)
Tchaikovsky’s music performed by: The UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra

Cited as a production of "enormous power and artistic excellence" by YES! Weekly, the Winston-Salem Journal said that UNCSA's Nutcracker "enchants and enthralls ... sweep(ing) us into a spell." Featuring the largest Nutcracker orchestra in the Triad!

Dec. 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.

UNCSA's Stevens Center
405 West Fourth Street, Downtown Winston-Salem

Ticket Prices
Prime Orchestra, $83; Orchestra Center, $61 for adults and $40 for children 13 and under; Orchestra Sides and Front Balcony, $51 for adults and $35 for children 13 and under; Center Balcony, $38 for adults and $28 for children 13 and under; Rear Balcony, $29 for adults and $24 for children 13 and under.  

Ticket prices include a 6.75% North Carolina entertainment sales tax and box office processing fee.

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UNCSA’s heralded ballet The Nutcracker has received rave reviews from critics and enthusiastic audiences since the reimagined production debuted in 2009 under the direction of Ethan Stiefel, former dean of the UNCSA School of Dance and retired principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre.

Jared Redick, assistant dean of the UNC School of the Arts’ School of Dance, will serve as director for the 2015 Nutcracker. Redick studied at UNCSA, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s School of Classical Ballet and the School of American Ballet. Redick began his performance career with San Francisco Ballet and danced with Texas Ballet Theater, Miami City Ballet and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, before joining Boston Ballet where he danced for seven years as a soloist. Following his retirement in 2009, Redick continued his work with Boston Ballet as Principal of Boston Ballet School’s South Shore studio in Norwell, Mass. He is also the recipient of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts award for exceptional artistic achievement.

The immensely popular Tchaikovsky Nutcracker ballet music will be performed by the UNC School of the Arts’ Nutcracker Orchestra under the direction of guest artist Charles Barker, principal conductor of American Ballet Theatre, a position he has held for more than 20 years. Barker also serves as music director of the Pittsburgh Ballet. Earlier in his career, he was music director of the Australian Ballet from 1997-2001 and afterwards joined the Royal Ballet in London for two seasons. Barker will prepare the orchestra and conduct the opening performance, then turn over the baton to UNCSA alumnus John McKeever, who will conduct the remainder of the run.

ABT Resident Lighting Designer and UNC School of the Arts’ School of Design & Production alumnus Brad Fields designed the lighting in 2009. New set pieces were designed by UNCSA Design & Production faculty member Howard Jones. New costumes were designed by Kathryn E. Grillo, director of the UNC School of the Arts’ Dance Costume Shop, and Carolyn Fay.

The UNC School of the Arts proudly welcomes First Tennessee Bank as presenting sponsor of The Nutcracker.

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