Brooklyn Center For The Performing Arts Presents THE COLONIAL NUTCRACKER 12/13

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2009-2010 Target FamilyFun series with its annual holiday presentation of Dance Theatre in Westchester's The Colonial Nutcracker on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 2pm.

Created especially for families with children ages four to ten, The Colonial Nutcracker sets Tchaikovsky's classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. Dance Theatre in Westchester's hour-long production features a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and compelling narration that will help to enhance young viewers' understanding and enjoyment of this timeless story. From "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" to "Waltz of the Snowflakes," Rose Menes' delightful staging and choreography, coupled with colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky's timeless score, will captivate audiences of all ages.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' 2009-2010 Target FamilyFun Series also includes the world premiere of David Gonzalez's Sleeping Beauty (March 14, 2010 at 2pm - a Brooklyn Center commission); a concert by the Dirty Sock Funtime Band (April 11, 2010 at 2pm); and Tap Kids (April 25, 2010 at 2pm). Target FamilyFuntickets are available for $6. Other family-friendly performances in Brooklyn Center's 2009-2010 season include Hairspray (January 24, 2010 at 3pm), and the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei (April 18, 2010 at 3pm).

About Dance Theatre in Westchester
Dance Theatre in Westchester is a professional company founded in 1979 by Artistic Director Rose Menes. With a repertoire that includes The Colonial Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Peter and the Wolf, and Cinderella, the company engages both professional dancers from around the world as well as talented students from throughout the tri-state area for its ballets. In addition to creating all of the staging and choreography for her company, Ms. Menes has also choreographed several operas including The Merry Widow, Faust, and Orfeo ed Eurydice at theaters ranging from the Williams Center for the Performing Arts in New Jersey to the Anchorage Opera in Alaska.

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices. Brooklyn Center's presentations explore both the classical traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts welcomes over 70,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season, and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving schoolchildren from over 225 schools annually.

In recognition of its commitment to quality family programming, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts was voted Brooklyn's Best Theater or Theatre Group for Kids as part of Nickelodeon's 2009 ParentsConnect Parents' Picks Awards. This is the second consecutive year that Brooklyn Center has been recognized by Nickelodeon - they were selected as Brooklyn's Best Place for Family Bonding in 2008.

The Colonial Nutcracker
Performed by Dance Theatre in Westchester
Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 2PM
Tickets: $6

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2 train to Flatbush Avenue / on-site paid parking available
Running time: approx 60 minutes
Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Online orders:
Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday - Saturday, 1pm - 6pm
Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 33

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' presentation of The Colonial Nutcracker is sponsored, in part, by TD Bank.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' 2009-2010 Target FamilyFun Series is sponsored by Target.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' programs are made possible in part with public funding from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for the 2009-2010 season is provided by: Target; JP Morgan Chase; Brooklyn Community Foundation; Con Edison; National Grid; Macy's; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; Air Jamaica; the Carnegie Corporation of New York; and the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, established in the New York Community Trust by founders of The Reader's Digest Association. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, and WBGO radio. Marriott New York LaGuardia Airport is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts 2009-2010 season. Backstage catering graciously provided by Bettina Harris of The Corn Bread Diner and by Applebee's.

Brooklyn Center acknowledges the support of Assemblymembers Karim Camara, Steven H. Cymbrowitz, Rhoda Jacobs, Alan Maisel, Joan L. Millman, N. Nick Perry, Annette Robinson, and Helene E. Weinstein, members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York State Assembly, and New York State Senators Martine Malavé Dilan, Kevin S. Parker, and John L. Sampson. Special thanks to Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. Councilmembers Kendall B. Stewart and Albert Vann, and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin.

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