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The Nutcracker Features Dance Superstars Gillian Murphy and Gonzalo Garcia on December 13 and 19

Cherished Holiday Tradition Returns December 13-22 at the Stevens Center

WINSTON-SALEM – It’s time to get in the holiday spirit as we countdown to the University of North Carolina (UNCSA)’s acclaimed production of The Nutcracker, which will be performed December 13-22 at the Stevens Center of UNCSA at 405 West Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem.  This is not just any Nutcracker.  For many people throughout the region, this is THE Nutcracker!

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 now artistic director for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. 

This year’s featured guest artists production includes two of the brightest stars from the world of dance: Gillian Murphy (American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and a UNCSA alumna) and Gonzalo Garcia (Principal, New York City Ballet) who will perform the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier Prince at the performances on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The immensely popular Tchaikovsky Nutcracker ballet music will be performed by the UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra under the musical direction of special guest conductor Charles Barker, Principal Conductor for the American Ballet Theatre.

The full performance schedule for the UNCSA production of The Nutcracker is: Dec. 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 2 p.m.

There will be a Special Opening Night Post-Concert Party on Friday, December 13. Included in the purchase of a $100 Prime Orchestra ticket is admission to a private reception where guests will mix and mingle with Gillian Murphy, Gonzalo Garcia, conductor Charles Barker and other Nutcracker performers after the show.  The reception will be hosted on the 10th floor of the Stevens Center. A great chance to enjoy some delicious Nutcracker sweets and toast this year’s productions with the stars themselves!

Ticket prices are: Opening Night Prime Orchestra including Post-Concert Reception, $100; Prime Orchestra, $75; Orchestra Center, $50-$55 for adults and $35-$38 for children 13 and under; Orchestra Sides and Front Balcony, $45 for adults and $30 for children 13 and under; Center Balcony, $33 for adults and $24 for children 13 and under; Rear Balcony, $25 for adults and $20 for children 13 and under.

For the best deal in town take advantage of the great prices on The Nutcracker “Family Four Pack” for the evening performances on Thursday and Friday, December 19 and 20.  The “Family Four Pack” offer is subject to availability.  Family Four Pack tickets are only $130 for Orchestra Side/Front Balcony and $95 for Center Balcony.

Douglas Gawriljuk, a former faculty member of the UNCSA School of Dance who now teaches dance in West Palm Beach, Fla., will return to supervise the 2013 production of The Nutcracker. 

Since 2009, lighting for The Nutcracker has been by ABT Resident Lighting Designer and UNCSA School of Design & Production alumnus Brad Fields. New set pieces were designed by UNCSA Design & Production faculty member Howard Jones.  Costumes were designed by Kathryn E. Grillo, Director of the UNCSA Dance Costume Shop and Carolyn Fay, retired Director of the UNCSA Dance Costume Shop.

For more information, visit uncsa.edu/nutcracker.



As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit uncsa.edu.

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