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American Repertory Ballet Announces its 50th Annual 'Nutcracker' Season

American Repertory Ballet Announces its 50th Annual 'Nutcracker' Season

American Repertory Ballet's 50th Annual Nutcracker Season will run November 23 through December 22 at venues across New Jersey. ARB's Nutcracker is a holiday classic featuring Tchaikovsky's score and a cast of over 100 performers. The Company has been performing Nutcracker for 50 consecutive years, making it the longest-running Nutcracker production in New Jersey and one of the longest consecutively-running in the United States next to a very few, including New York City Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet Austin, San Francisco Ballet, and Washington Ballet.

ARB's Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition since 1964 when the company, then known as Princeton Regional Ballet, began to perform the ballet annually. Founder and then Artistic Director Audrée Estey initially staged her version of Nutcracker in 1956 as a spring Princeton Ballet School performance at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. William Lockwood, who still works at McCarter as Director of Special Programming, suggested that the company perform the production at McCarter every holiday season, an idea that soon became reality.

On Friday, November 1, at 5:15pm, prior to the beginning of ARB's Nutcracker performance season the Company will present its "50th Annual Nutcracker" On Pointe Enrichment Series event at Princeton Ballet School - 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ. This On Pointe will be a lecture-demonstration summarizing highlights of the 50-year history of the company's Nutcracker, which made its annual debut at McCarter Theatre in 1963. The event will take the audience through highlights of the rich 50-year history of the company's Nutcracker and will also feature a discussion of Tchaikovsky's score with music scholar and Princeton University professor Simon Morrison. Additionally, ARB's dancers will perform excerpts from the ballet.


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