Sept. 20, 2010/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     
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2010 Marks 45th anniversary of uncsa nutcracker
Don't Miss This magical Holiday Tradition

WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ (UNCSA) production of The Nutcracker is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. Last year’s Nutcracker received rave reviews from critics and the public alike and was full of magical surprises including enchanting new staging by Ethan Stiefel, Dean of the UNCSA School of Dance, Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and star of the Center Stage movies.

In addition, new choreography by Stiefel and three other members of the UNCSA School of Dance faculty, Nigel Burley, Warren Conover and Susan McCullough, delighted young and old. New lighting by ABT Resident Lighting Designer and UNCSA School of Design & Production alumnus Brad Fields and new set pieces designed by UNCSA Design & Production faculty member Howard Jones all added to the magic of the production. 

This year, 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, who is the Principal Conductor for the American Ballet Theatre. 

Brittany Stone and Cooper Verona
photo by Rosalie O'Conner

Featured guest artists for 2010 include renowned dancers from the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and the New York City Ballet (NYCB). UNCSA alumna Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg, both Principal Dancers with ABT, will perform Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2:00 p.m. ABT soloist Joseph Phillips (a UNCSA alumnus) and Ana Sophia Scheller, a soloist with NYCB, will perform Saturday, Dec. 11th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12th at 2:00 p.m. Later in December, Murphy and Hallberg will lead American Ballet Theatre’s cast in the world premiere of an all-new production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The full performance schedule for the UNCSA production of The Nutcracker is: Dec. 4 and 5 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 8 through 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are available at the UNCSA Box Office at the Stevens Center or on campus at Watson Hall, by calling 336.721.1945, or online at www.uncsa.edu. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, September 27.

Ticket prices are: Prime Orchestra, $66; Orchestra Center, $50 for adults and $35 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 Sunday, Dec. 5, Wednesday, Dec. 8 and Thursday, Dec. 9 only: $130 for Orchestra Side/Front Balcony and $95 for Center Balcony. Please note that the ARTSCARD cannot be used for Nutcracker events. Groups of ten or more receive a 10% discount on every full-priced ticket, excluding Prime Orchestra. The 10% discount for groups may not be combined with any other offer.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.