From press reports
Ballet Mississippi continues its 50th anniversary celebration with performances of the favorite holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Dazzling young and old alike with spectacular sets, costumes, music, & dancing, this production has become a Mississippi tradition. Returning to the Jackson stage as a special guest is International Ballet Competition medalist Joseph Gatti & his partner Adiarys Almeida.
Performances are December 7 at 7:30 p.m. & December 8 at 2:00 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. Ticket prices range from $15 -$30 and may be purchased at www.balletms.com or by calling 800.595.4TIX.
Ancillary events for Ballet Mississippi’s production of The Nutcracker include school performances on December 5 & 6 at 10:00a.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. These performances, sponsored in part by Entergy Mississippi, are provided at reduced rates for schools as a field-trip opportunity. Reservations must be made in advance. In 2012, 26 Mississippi municipalities were represented.
For the Saturday evening performance of The Nutcracker, the Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra will provide entertainment on the mezzanine before the performance and during intermission.
On Sunday, December 8 at 12:00 noon the Ballet Mississippi Guild hosts the ever-popular Sugar Plum Fairy’s Tea Party at the Mississippi Museum of Art prior to the Sunday matinee performance of The Nutcracker. This sell-out event includes a seated lunch catered by The Palette Cafe, live music, party favors by Dancing Divas, and photographs with Nutcracker characters by Different Perspectives Photography. Tickets for the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Tea Party are $30 per person, and must be purchased in advance at www.balletms.com.
Ballet Mississippi is partnering once again with Friends of Children’s Hospital Light-a-Light project by inviting school groups attending The Nutcracker to purchase a light in memory or honor of someone. Then, on December 10, Ballet Mississippi takes The Nutcracker to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. Performing for the patients and their families has become a highlight for Ballet Mississippi dancers each year.
Ballet Mississippi, a non-profit organization established in 1964, seeks to enhance our state’s cultural life by providing quality performances, to develop artistic and technical proficiency of our students, and to promote an appreciation of dance through education, outreach, and audience development. Funding is provided in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Taylor Group of Companies.