International Ballet Classique Presents THE NUTCRACKER, Now thru 12/15

From today, December 12 through December 15, 2013 International Ballet Classique (IBC) celebrates the holidays with IBC's Artistic Director Denis Gronostayskiy's beloved production of The Nutcracker Ballet performed in the finest traditions of the Bolshoi.

IBC's full length production has been seen by over 15,000 people in our region since its premiere ten years ago. The enchanting story of Clara's adventures with her Nutcracker doll, the Rat King and the Sugar Plum Fairy is a superb visual feast! Surrender to the magic and become swept into the excitement of the holiday season with exquisite dance artistry, vivid sets, and gorgeous costumes designed by IBC's Ballet Mistress Anastasia Babayeva, a former Soloist with the internationally acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet Company.

For over 100 years this fairytale ballet has proven irresistible to both children and adults alike, a favorite for all the family! At the Silverhaus' Christmas Eve celebration, Clara delights in her beautiful Nutcracker doll presented by the eccentric magician Drosselmeyer. As the household sleeps, Clara quietly sneaks downstairs to admire her Nutcracker. Suddenly, the Christmas tree grows to dramatic height, and Clara is swept into a fantasy of toy soldiers, giant rats, magic and mystery where her Nutcracker Prince comes to life! Clara's sudden bravery in the face of evil saves her Prince from the frightening Rat King! Clara journeys to the enchanted Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets where all the dolls under her Christmas tree have come alive to entertain Clara and her Prince. Your holiday season can only begin as the Sugar Plum Fairy dances in the arms of her Cavalier! Young and old will experience the many special effects, including a Christmas tree that "grows" to 30 feet, the firing of cannon onstage, and 40 pounds of "gently" falling snow as the Snow Queen and her King call their Snowflakes to dance!

International Ballet Classique will give 4 full length performances and two student abridged performances of the Nutcracker Ballet in the Meagher Theatre on the tranquil campus of Neumann University in Aston, PA. Performances are Friday December 13 at 7:30 pm, Saturday December 14 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday December 15 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are reserved seating and are available for purchase through International Ballet Classique's website: Regular priced tickets are $20.00, seniors and students discounted at $16.00. Call IBC for special group rates and the abridged performances. Abridged performances for day time school groups and area youngsters will be at 10:00 am and 11:30 am on Thursday December 12. Student group tickets for the abridged performances are $5.00, single $6.00 at 484-444-2389. The Meagher Theatre is handicapped-accessible and there is ample free parking adjacent to the theatre. Neumann University is located at One Neumann Drive, Aston, Pa. 19014. Tickets may be purchased by calling 484-444-2389, extension #3 or on line at

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