Nominees for 7th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award Announced

Nutcrackers gather 'round! Goldstar, the world's biggest ticket booth, has announced the nominees for the 7th AnnuAl Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, shining a spotlight on the wide variety of nationwide productions of the holiday classic The Nutcracker available for purchase on Goldstar.

Nominees range from traditional dance productions to the more abstract, and all variations in between, in venues both large and small. The winner-determined by Goldstar members who log on to Goldstar and rate and review The Nutcracker productions they attend-will be announced on December 23, 2013. Recipients of the Award receive "The Nutty" statuette, a cash prize to go toward the company's education programs and the honor of being declared 'the best loved Nutcracker in the U.S.' Additional information is available online at www.goldstar.com/nutcrackers.

Previous winners of "The Nutty" Statuette include: The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker in 2011 and 2012; Debbie Allen Dance Academy, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker in 2010; Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker in 2009; The Kirov Ballet's The Nutcracker in 2008 and The House Theater of Chicago's The Nutcracker at the Steppenwolf Theatre in 2007.

The 2013 Goldstar National Nutcracker Award Nominees are:

Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker
Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA)

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre's 32nd Annual The Nutcracker
Gwinnett Center (Duluth, GA)

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King From The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory
The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (Baltimore, MD)

The Nutcracker From International Ballet Academy
AbiGail Adams Middle School Auditorium (Weymouth, MA)

Nutcracker From The Joffrey Ballet
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL)

The Nutcracker: The House Theatre's Magical Adaptation
Chopin Theatre Mainstage (Chicago, IL)

The Nutcracker From Illinois Youth Dance Theatre
Lake Zurich Performing Arts Center (Lake Zurich, IL)

The Nutcracker: Interactive Adaptation by Farcical Fairy Tales
The Comedy Shrine (Aurora, IL)

Long Beach Ballet's The Nutcracker
Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Terrace Theater (Long Beach, CA)

The Nutcracker by Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre
Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State LA (Los Angeles, CA)

The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker: Debbie Allen's Modern Spin on the Holiday Classic
Royce Hall at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)

Chinese Acrobatics Spice Up the Classic Holiday Ballet in The Terracotta Nutcracker
Pasadena Civic Auditorium (Pasadena, CA)

South Bay Ballet's The Nutcracker
El Camino College Center for the Arts--Marsee Auditorium (Torrance, CA)

Red Chair Children's Production Company Brings The Nutcracker to Life
El Portal Theatre (North Hollywood, CA)



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