Christmas will come early for approximately 4,500 schoolchildren. The morning shows — at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 6-7 — will be presented free of charge, as they have been for the past 11 years.
The public is invited to enjoy the evening performances at 7:30, Dec. 7-8. Experience a snowstorm, see a forest magically appear and a tree grow from 10 feet to 30 feet, all inside the Eastman Theater.
Coming to Kingsport for this year’s production will be Michelle Joy and Gregory Brown, both of whom are currently dancing with the Metropolitan Opera this season. Joy will be performing the roles of Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy. Brown will be performing the role of Snow Prince with Sara Stewart as Snow Queen in the morning shows. Stewart is a student at Dobyns-Bennett High School and helps teach a contemporary class at the Centre for the Performing Arts Studios.
Aside from Stewart, local dancers giving their time and talent include: Phil Clemons, Aaron Jackson, Dakota Buckingham, Kaylie Joyner, Abby Golden, Elizabeth Kiser, Jonathan Smith, Tanner Mims, Ella Egan, Annabella Mowell, Gracie Blevins, Ella Halliburton, Hannah Brickey, Jessica Gallimore, Sara Stewart, Hannah Halliburton, Taylor Hubbard, Sophie Ahmad, Molly Kate Blalock, Gracie Blevins, Madison Rice, Amaya Wolfe, Jessica Gallimore, Jeff Luethke, Kristen Looney and Darrell Duncan.
Daniel Ratcliff will be performing the role of the ever-popular Rat King and will be adding the role of Mother Ginger. Mike McGinn will reprise his role of Uncle Drosselmeyer. Drake Parrott will be dancing the role of Trepak. Dancing the role of Chinese will be Blalock, Chloe Rose and Clemons.
Tickets for the evening performances are available at the Centre for the Performing Arts, Holloway Studio, Blue Ridge Properties and at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Employee Center. Reserved seating will be sold for the orchestra floor of the theater, while the balcony tickets are festival seating. If still available, tickets may be purchased at the door.
For more information about Intercity Ballet Theatre and “The Nutcracker” school performances, public performances or ticket sales, visit www.intercityballet.org or call (423) 246-2199.